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Adventure lies around every corner in South Walton. While you could easily spend the entire day soaking up the Florida sunshine, shopping, dining or relaxing along our 26 miles of sugar-white sand and turquoise water, and we wouldn’t blame you, why not get out and explore?

There are endless ways to quench your thirst for adventure in South Walton. With access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, dropping a line and reeling in the big one is a true Florida adventure. With four state parks and the 15,000-acre Point Washington State Forest, hit the trails and traverse your way through the scrub oaks and pines all while catching a glimpse of the local birds and wildlife.

If a truly unique South Walton experience is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out the rare coastal dune lakes that dot the coast. These incredibly diverse bodies of water are a combination of freshwater and saltwater, and are home to their own special ecosystems. With 15 dune lakes to explore, you’d have to travel to New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar or the Pacific Northwest to find them outside of South Walton.

Everything about South Walton inspires you to be outdoors. The sights, sounds and smells challenge you to take full advantage of your senses.

Thomas Pilcher Park

Whether you are looking to drop a line in the Choctawhatchee Bay, launch a boat or wave runner, or just enjoy a breathtaking view at lunch or sunset, Thomas Pilcher Park is just the place. The newest addition to Walton County’s park system, Thomas Pilcher Park is located underneath U.S. Highway... Read More

Adventure 30A

30A Surf Camp, Surf Lessons,Bike Rentals, Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals, Kayak Sunset Tours.... Read More

Green Fin Paddle Co.

Families often struggle to agree on fun things to do while on vacation. Green Fin Paddle Co’s guided stand up paddle board tours bring everyone together for an unforgettable excursion that's sure to delight, creating happy memories that will last a lifetime. Be the hero that discovers the highlight of... Read More

Point Washington State Forest

Point Washington State Forest boasts 15,000 acres and more than 27 miles of distinct trails that meander through coastal scrub, wet prairie, swamplands and longleaf pine flatwoods. Visitors can explore three trail systems which are located a half mile south of Hwy 98 on 395, as well as a horse... Read More

Eden Gardens State Park

During the 1800s, Eden Gardens State Park was the home of lumber baron William Henry Wesley and his family. Tour the historic Wesley Mansion or just walk among the moss-draped, ancient live oak trees and extensive landscaped grounds that stretch to the Choctawhatchee Bay. The camellias and azaleas sprinkled throughout... Read More

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of NWFSC

One of the five richest biodiversity hotspots in North America, Walton County's ecosystems are home to a variety of unique flora and fauna. The Choctawhatchee River (Florida's fourth largest in volume), Choctawhatchee Bay, many spring-fed creeks and streams, and extremely rare coastal dune lakes are waiting to be explored! Visit our... Read More

Eden Gardens State Park

Local history and nature beautifully intertwine at Eden Gardens State Park, which features the historic Wesley house and ancient oak trees. Stop by for a guided tour of the home or walk through the gardens to learn about South Walton plant and wildlife species. Pack a picnic to enjoy under... Read More

Babies-n-Town

Babies-n-Town offers a wide variety of rentals including bicycles, wagons, strollers, beach gear, cribs and more delivered right to your rental property.... Read More

Nokuse Plantation Trail - Florida Trail

As a section of the statewide Florida Trail, the Nokuse Plantation Trail is challenging for those seeking an entry point. The GPS coordinates of 30.561841, -86.106505 indicate the crossing point on US Hwy 331 but no official parking is available. Trail Distance: 19 Miles Moderate/Difficult - Hard Ground with Some... Read More