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Spend the Night Camping Under the Stars in South Walton

11-01-2019


South Walton is home to more than 12,000 accommodations, so finding the perfect place to stay is never a problem. But if you’re looking for an unforgettable way to stay in South Walton, try camping under the stars.

South Walton is home to some undeniably luxurious accommodations, but sometimes camping under a sky full of stars, surrounded by nature is the best way to reconnect and recharge your spirit.

With more than 40 percent of the land in South Walton dedicated to preservation, you can be close to nature without ever being too far from the beaches, fun and amenities that make South Walton a world-class destination. And thanks to restrictions on development, there’s plenty of opportunities to soak up the night sky and enjoy stargazing. (Walton County’s official motto says it all: “Pride. Preservation. Conservation.”)

So whether you bring all the amenities of home with you by camping in with a fully equipped RV, let the Fancy Camps experts help arrange a “Glamping” trip (Glamorous + Camping), or keep things simple with your trusty tent and sleeping bag, in South Walton you can find your perfect outdoor adventure within easy reach.

Where can you camp in South Walton? Let’s start with the state parks. Both Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offer both tent and RV campsites that allow guests access to all of the amenities available within the park, such as hiking and biking trails and beaches.

At Topsail Hill in Dune Allen, the Gregory E. Moore RV Resort has 156 RV sites, complete with water, 30 or 50 amp electric, digital cable, and sewers, as well as shower and restroom facilities and a pool. There are also 22 tent sites that include an elevated tent pad, a fire ring and water and electric hook-ups. Both one- and two-bedroom cabins can also be rented at the park, accommodating up to six guests. A restroom with showers is located in the tent camping area. Camping reservations can be made by calling (800) 326-3521 or visiting www.floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com.

At Grayton Beach State Park, campers have access to 59 sites, each with electricity and water. The camp sites, some of which have sewer access, can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, and tents. If you prefer an experience a little closer to home, there are 30 two-bedroom cabins in the park, which can accommodate up to six guests. You can spend your day exploring miles of trails, birding or just soaking up sunshine at the beach. Camping reservations can be made by calling (800) 326-3521 or visiting www.floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com.

For a unique spin on tent camping, be sure to check out Fancy Camps. Partnering with Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Grayton Beach State Park, Fancy Camps elevates the traditional camping experience by providing not only a 16-foot canvas tent, but a queen bed with linens, end tables, lighting, a seating area, a heating/cooling unit, exterior lighting and outdoor chairs. Each tent can accommodate two adults. A variety of add-ons, such as firewood and a camping stove are also available. Want to book a Fancy Camp? Visit www.fancycamps.com/make-a-reservation/ or call (850) 628-9696.

Still looking for more options? Miramar Beach is home to three RV parks, so you can explore everything the west side of South Walton has to offer, from shopping and dining to jet skis and parasailing.

Camp Gulf showcases panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and has 218 campsites and cabins, as well as a pool, laundry facilities, an activity center and equipment rentals. A stay here will prove to be full of adventure. Learn more about Camp Gulf at www.campgulf.com or call (877) 226-7485.

Surround yourself in lush landscaping and easy access to restaurants and the beach at the Destin RV Resort. You’ll find 36 fully equipped cement pads with patios, free cable and WiFi, shower rooms and a pool and private beach access at this gated facility. Learn more at www.destinrvresort.com or call (850) 837-3529.

Located just two blocks from South Walton’s sugar-white sand and turquoise water is the Geronimo RV Park. Complete with concrete pads and patios, WiFi and cable, plus all of the essentials you’d expect, this park provides a laid-back camping experience. Learn more about the park at www.geronimorvresort.com or call (850) 424-6801.

If you find yourself on the eastern side of South Walton, the Peach Creek RV Resort in Santa Rosa Beach is the perfect place to pull in and relax. You’ll find 14 campsites tucked away just off of U.S. Highway 98. Be sure to bring your kayak or standup paddleboard, as you’ll have easy access to the Choctawhatchee Bay and you’ll be just 5 minutes from the beach. Learn more about Peach Creek RV Resort by calling (850) 231-1948.

Camping in South Walton offers plenty of variety, so you can find the experience that’s perfect for everyone. Craft your own adventure – whether rustic or high-end – all while enjoying the natural beauty South Walton is famous for.

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