Walton area Florida State Parks

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has more than three miles of pristine beaches and five dune lakes, which encompass more than 170 acres within more than 1,637 acres of park.

Entrance located at the western end of Scenic Road 30A
• Ranger station • Parking • Restroom • Handicap access • Nature trails • Picnic areas
A tram will take visitors to the beach, which has a boardwalk, showers and a surf chair for handicap beach accessibility. Click here to continue


Eden Gardens State Park

Spring brings an abundance of blooming azaleas at Eden Gardens State Park. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsA beautiful Northwest Florida State Park is nestled in the Point Washington area of South Walton County. Large moss covered live oaks, walking trails and panoramic views of Tucker Bayou provide a visual delight for visitors to this historic park.

The focal point of the 161-acre park is the two-story Wesley house boasting large white columns and wrap-around porch. Originally owned by the Wesley’s a wealthy Florida timber family, the mansion was purchased in 1963 by Lois Maxon who renovated the home and created a showplace for family heirlooms and antiques. The collection of Louis XVI furniture is the second largest in the United States. Click here to continue


Grayton Beach State Park

scubsGrayton Beach State Park offers a wide variety of activities for the visitor. Along with the beautiful beaches, there are two unique trails to enjoy, along with camping and cabin rentals.

Located just west of WaterColor and east of CR 283 on Scenic Road 30A
• Restrooms • Parking • Handicap access
• Nature trails • Picnic areas • Camping

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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.

Located on Scenic Road 30A just east of Camp Creek Lake
• Restrooms • Parking • Nature trails • Picnic areas Click here to continue


Camp Helen State Park

A trail to the beach at Camp Helen. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsSurrounded by water on three sides, Lake Powell on the east, a salt marsh on the west, and the Gulf of Mexico on the south, this gem of a park is unique in many ways.

There are two paths to the beach from the main park area. You can choose to walk along the lake, or a path through the woods, with a dense canopy of maritime hammock.

Located just east of Walton County line on U.S. Hwy. 98. • Restrooms • Parking • Nature trails • Picnic areas. Click here to continue


Ponce de Leon Springs State Park


Interested in exploring the perfect place to take the family and enjoy a swim in a spring? Pack up a picnic lunch and head over to Ponce de Leon Springs State Park and spend the day.

Nature trails along a creek, four pavilions, picnic areas and easy access to the swimming in a clear blue spring make this park the perfect family getaway. Click here to continue


Rocky Bayou State Park

A view of Rocky Bayou from picnic area.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, known by most as Rocky Bayou State Park sets nestled along State Road 20 in Niceville along Rocky Bayou. The park boasts 357 acres of wooded walking trails of sand pine scrub, longleaf pine, sand hill forests, pine flat woods and wetlands.

More than 100 different species of birds may be spotted in the diverse area, including kingfishers, ospreys, warblers and woodpeckers. Along one of the walking/biking trails, you will find an interpretive kiosk, which visually describes some of the many birds that can be found in the park. Click here to continue


Henderson Beach State Park

Have you ever wondered what Destin looked like 40 years ago before urban development? Ever wonder what it would look like if you could see more than a mile of rolling sand dunes right on the Gulf of Mexico? Well, fear not, the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best awaits the explorer at Henderson Beach State Park.

As busy as the city of Destin is with bustling traffic up and down U.S. Highway 98, one might almost miss the entrance to this beautiful Florida State Park chock full of natural beauty. As one of the area’s best-kept secrets, Henderson Beach State Park offers 20 acres of ancient coastal scrub habitat. Along with more than a mile of scenic shoreline, you can truly enjoy nature at it’s best. Click here to continue