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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.

Longleaf Greenway Western Trail

The 15,000-acre state forest includes more than 27 miles of distinct trails through longleaf pine flatwoods, wet prairie, coastal scrub, swamplands and sandhills. Trail Distance: 2.5 Miles Easy- Flat and Paved Trails Great Florida Birding Trail Restrooms Available Parking Available Pets Allowed on Leash... Read More

Salamander Pond Trail

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

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Western Lake Loop

Grayton Beach State Park features pristine landscapes, camping, self-guided nature trails, picnic areas and is a popular spot for bird watching. The trails wind through pine flatwoods and around small freshwater ponds, which are a natural habitat for wading birds, water birds and lowland birds. Plovers, Terns and Gulls are... Read More

Deer Track Trail

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

Deer Lake Trail

Nestled alongside a rare coastal dune lake, visitors will experience many splashes of color from the summer wildflowers, plants, various species of birds and butterflies. Deer Lake Trail is located on the north side of Scenic Highway 30A across from the park entrance. Trail Distance: 1.5 Mile Loop Easy/Moderate - Mix of... Read More

Longleaf Greenway Middle Trail

The 15,000-acre state forest includes more than 27 miles of distinct trails through longleaf pine flatwoods, wet prairie, coastal scrub, swamplands and sandhills. Trail Distance: 3.25 miles Moderate - Hard Ground with Some Sandy, Hilly Areas Great Florida Birding Trail Restrooms Available Parking Available Pets Allowed on Leash... Read More

Into the Wild – Eco Diversions

Into the Wild Eco Diversions (ITW) is a new company with deep roots. Owner and head guide, Karl Renelt, has been leading groups to areas in and around South Walton county since the early 90's. It started with sailing excursions on the Gulf to the land that was to become... Read More

WaterSound Trail

The Watersound Trail currently connects Walton County from the Watersound Origins community from Conservation Park farther east. This five-mile trail can be accessed at Village Commons in Watersound Origins and is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a quiet bike ride through nature. Trail Distance: 5 Miles Easy/Moderate - Flat and Paved... Read More