Category Archives: Nature

Explore nature in Walton County and Northwest Florida.

Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou May 19

Date/time: Friday May 19, 9 – 11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. The event … Continue reading

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Inaugural Choctawhatchee River Festival at Morrison Springs May 13

RiverWay South is hosting their inaugural Choctawhatchee River Fest at Morrison Springs, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 13, 2017. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy participating in a variety of educational and recreational activities throughout the day in … Continue reading

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Paddle, swim, fish or cave dive at Merritt’s Mill Pond in Marianna

Spring fed pond a natural wonder to explore What do Jackson Blue, Shangri-la, Twin Caves, Indian Wash Tub, Hole-in-the-Wall, Gator Hole, and Hidey Hole have in common? They are all names of springs feeding into the crystal clear waters of … Continue reading

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Explore the natural beauty of Blackwater River State Forest

Lakes, trails, rivers offer endless recreation Boasting more than 210,000 acres of long leaf pine forests, lakes, streams and rivers, Blackwater River State Forest is a great place to explore nature. As one of the largest and oldest State forests … Continue reading

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Spanish moss flowers from spring to fall

Did you know Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a flowering plant?  Spanish moss is a native, perennial epiphytic herb. It is not Spanish, nor a moss, but a flowering plant. The slender, wiry, long, branching stems (reaching 8m or more) … Continue reading

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Gulf coast lupine blooms along South Walton area beaches

Beautiful blue shrub a welcomed sight In the springtime, sand dunes along the beaches in South Walton are dolloped with beautiful blue lupine. The gulf coast lupine (Lupinus westianus) is a native plant and endemic to Northwest Florida. Lupine habitats … Continue reading

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