Outdoors & Nature
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.
Just a short distance from the beaches of 30A rests some of Northwest Florida's most beautiful cold springs. There is an abundance of things to see and do both above and below the crystal clear water as you kayak, snorkel, and explore this unique ecosystem with our informative and fun... Read More
Deer Lake State Park
Deer Lake State Park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks can be seen in this coastal dune habitat. A boardwalk across the dunes offers easy access to the beach where visitors can picnic, swim, and fish.... 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
Beach Tram Path at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Identified as the most pristine piece of coastal property in Florida, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park features 1,600 acres of stunning bald cypress swamps, nature trails over mountainous sand dunes and two freshwater coastal dune lakes. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is known for its 25-foot-high sand dunes and 14... Read More
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Three miles of white-sand beaches bordered by dunes over 25-feet tall. With rare coastal dune lakes, camping and picnic areas, this park is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding parks. RV spaces have full hook-up, swimming pool and laundry. Camping sites and cabins also available. Tram service available to the... 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