Autumn brings colorful display to forest floors
Fall brings a colorful time to explore the outdoors in Northwest Florida.
In Walton County, we are fortunate to have several State Parks and the Point Washington State Forest providing and abundance of seasonal wildflowers and migrating butterflies.
To name just a few native flowers in bloom this time of year are wild buckweat (Eriogonum tomentosum), hairy jointweed (Polygonella basiramia), senna symeria (seymeria cassioides), goldenaster (Chrysopsis sabrella), goldenrod (Soldago tortifolia), figwort (Agalinis satacea) and blazing star (Litatris champanii).
With the cooler weather, now is the time to get out and explore the natural beauty of Walton County.
Here are detailed maps of trails in Walton:
No overnight camping is currently permitted in the Point Washington State Forest. There is camping available at Grayton Beach State Park and the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
Hikers note: Point Washington State Forest is part of the Point Washington Wildlife Management Area. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulates the hunting seasons in the forest. Visit MyFWC.com/hunting for information.
During hunting season be sure to wear bright colored clothing when hiking in the area.