A hidden coastal beauty awaits – Deer Lake State Park

A view of the dunes at Deer Lake State Park. Lori Ceier/WaltonOutdoors.com

A view of the dunes at Deer Lake State Park. Lori Ceier/WaltonOutdoors.com

A beautiful walk awaits you in South Walton
at Deer Lake State Park

Tucked away along Scenic Highway 30A, just west of WaterSound, this spectacular gem of a State Park offers park goers a look at intact ancient sand dune ecosystems.

An elevated walkway guides you through a small wooded area, to the rolling dunes, then down to the Gulf of Mexico. Once on the beach, you can take a walk to the west, and discover the park’s namesake, a rare coastal dune lake that empties into the Gulf.

A mockingbird perched on a magnolia at Deer Lake State Park.

A mockingbird perched on a magnolia at Deer Lake State Park.

The dune ecosystem is vast with flora, providing scenic views of magnolias, scrub oaks, and grasses. Coastal flowers that may be seen blooming are coastal blue lupine, spoon flower, aster and goldenrod.

The entire park is approximately 2,000 acres, the majority of which is on the north side of the park across Scenic Hwy. 30A.

A walking trail approximately one mile long is carved through the woods in the northern portion of the park. You may take an extended hike, as the trail connects with the Eastern Lake U.S. Forestry Trail.

The State Park System has just completed a remodeling project on the walkway to the beach, providing ADA accessibility.

Pets are not allowed on the beach but are allowed at the picnic area and on the nature trail. Pets must be kept on no more than a six-foot hand held leash while in the park.

Deer Lake State Park is a day-use only park. Camping is not available.

Hours of Operation
Florida State parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Driving Directions
The park is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, just west of the WaterSound development. Click here for map

Park Fees

Admission Fee:
$3.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

Deer Lake State Park
357 Main Park Road
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
Phone: 850-231-4210
For more information go to the park’s website at: http://www.floridastateparks.org/deerlake/

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