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Get in free day at Florida State Parks July 17

Celebrate Recreation and Parks month with swimming, hiking or sitting  under a shade tree! Recognizing the benefits of time spent outdoors in Florida’s environment, Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation highlighting July as Recreation and Parks Month in Florida. Saturday, July 17 the Florida Park Service (FPS) will offer FREE entry to all state parks, excluding the Skyway Fishing Pier. Canoe rentals, camping and other activities will be available at the regular price. With Florida’s famous sunshine and hot...

Have breakfast with a park ranger July 10

Learn about park life at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Scenic Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach Saturday, May 8 and 15 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Come and join the Rangers of Topsail Hill and ask them all the questions you can think of about park life.  To cover the cost of food please bring $4, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park, or bring...

Cool blue spring irresistible on a hot summer day

Blue spring near Cerrogordo a boater’s favorite Kevin Griggs, a local outdoor enthusiast from Argyle took this photo of Holmes Blue Spring run spring boil. “Fishing, boating and canoeing are great on the river up there just have to watch what your doing when the water is low, not sure about swimming in the river I am sure it is done though,” Kevin said. The Walton County area has an abundance of beautiful spring gems to explore. Thanks for sharing...

Enjoy a lazy day paddle down the Shoal River

Scenic river in Crestview offers a journey through a wetland hardwood forest The appropriately named Shoal River offers an abundance of sandy sandbars, (shoals) along with cool water along a meandering 10-mile paddle in Crestview. This 10-mile stretch is the only open publicly accessible run on the river. It is easily accessible with a boat ramp at each end, with put in at U.S. Hwy. 90 and take out a SR-85 in Crestview. As part of the Florida Greenways and...

A field of dreams in north Walton County

History states that the original day to honor our fallen soldiers was chosen for a reason Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is...

Learn about the gopher tortoise at Topsail June 3

Learn about what makes these creatures are so important to other animals Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Scenic Road 30A Thursday, June 3 – 1:30 p.m. Come and join the park for a slide presentation on the gopher tortoise.  Learn about this species of special concern in Florida and what makes them so important to other animals.  Meet at the Day-Use parking area on Hwy 30A to take a short hike to the clubhouse. All programs require a $6.00...

Walton County fishing report for May 12

Fishing is great everywhere, offshore, inshore, steams and ponds Fresh: River is finally coming down and folks are catching bream. Bass being caught in the creeks. Bluegill on flies and bass on the ponds and lakes. Bay: The south side of the bay is hot right now with lots of speckled trout and redfish Saltwater: Inshore – pompano being caught.  Sand fleas for bait are showing up. Offshore – Large king and Spanish mackerel are everywhere. A mix bag of...