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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 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.

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

Big Daddy's Bike Shop

Big Daddy's Bike Shop features way cool bikes & gear from TREK, Electra, KONA, Niner, CamelBak, CatEye, Nantucket and Burley, Come see us!! Accessories include (but are not limited to); Saris, Continental Tire, Magura, Carver Surf Racks, Saris, Hollywood Racks, Louis Garneau, Primal, Thule, Bontrager, Kali Protectives, Sherpani, Electra, Burley, CycleDog,... Read More

Cassine Trail

Located within the Point Washington State Forest and connecting to the Eastern Lake Trail, Cassine Trail offers a variety of terrain and showcases the diversity of Northwest Florida’s ecosystems. The trail is accessed through a rustic camping site in Point Washington State Forest and connects to the 30A corridor, through... Read More

Yolo Board + Beach

This Perfect in South Walton award-winning sports and outdoors shop has everything you need to start stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking on South Walton’s waters — including equipment as well as lessons. YOLO Board + Beach also offers beach gear and accessories, specialty YOLO-brand coffee and cruiser bikes. Stop by this... Read More

Alys Beach Nature Trail

The northern portion of Alys Beach is devoted to a 20-acre nature preserve that provides a quiet and reflective getaway. The trail winds its way through the preserve, with most of it on an elevated wooden boardwalk that gives a great view of the varied habitats below. While on the... Read More

Eastern Lake Trail - Yellow Loop

The 15,000-acre Point Washington State Forest includes more than 27 miles of distinct trails through longleaf pine flatwoods, wet prairie, coastal scrub, swamplands and sandhills. Trail Distance: 3.5 Miles Easy/Moderate - Flat and Paved Trails mixed with Hard Ground with Some Sandy, Hilly Areas Great Florida Birding Trail Restrooms Available Parking Available Pets Allowed on Leash... Read More

Greenway Multi-Purpose Path

The multi-use trails are located within the Town Center Government Education Complex between J.D. Miller Road and U.S. State Highway 331, approximately one-half mile north of U.S. Highway 98. The wheelchair accessible, paved trail includes timber bridges and the opportunity to enjoy wetlands and native vegetation. Nearby, a two-acre off-leash... Read More

Eastern Lake Trail - Orange Loop

The 15,000-acre Point Washington State Forest includes more than 27 miles of distinct trails through longleaf pine flatwoods, wet prairie, coastal scrub, swamplands and sandhills. Trail Distance: 11 Miles Moderate/Difficult - Hard Ground with Some Sandy, Hilly Areas mixed with Extremely Sandy and Difficult Hills Great Florida Birding Trail Restrooms Available Parking Available Pets Allowed on... Read More

Timpoochee Trail

One of the most widely used paved paths in South Walton is the Timpoochee Trail. Named after Timpoochee Kinnard, the influential Chief of the Euchee tribe, the paved multi-use path winds through 12 beach communities along Scenic Highway 30A, traversing recreational areas, state parks, the state forest, and 15 rare... Read More