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Trailblazer Trot at Ponce deLeon Springs State Park March 13

The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce annual Trailblazer Trot, a cross country 5K will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 8 a.m.  The scenic race, sponsored by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Ponce de Leon Springs State Park’s southern trail parcel located at 150 L.D. Anderson Rd., Ponce de Leon, FL 32455, just south of Interstate 10 off of State Rd. 81. Enjoy a run or walk along the natural terrain trails through the...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Feb. 6

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Join park staff and volunteers on a walk through the rich history of our park. Learn about the early indigenous people who occupied this land all the way through to the 1920s when the park was developed as a private residence for the Hicks family and later turned into a summer retreat for Avondale Textile mill employees and their families....

Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Feb. 4

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within the park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...

2021 Lionfish Festival May 15-16 in Destin; vendors and divers wanted

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 7th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 15 and 16 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin–Fort Walton Beach. Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths; and the world’s largest lionfish spearfishing tournament, the Emerald Coast Open. Satisfy your taste buds...

Discover the Nina and Pinta sailing ships at Baytowne Marina Jan. 8 – 17

Head over to Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Jan. 8 – 17, 2021 as the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Niña’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked at Baytowne Marina located at 8330 Mike Hayes Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was...

Washington County Sheriff’s Office rodeo Jan. 9 – 10

Enjoy a family day at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Rodeo Jan. 9 – 10, 2021. Kids events are calf scramble, mutton’ bustin’ and a coloring contest. Several vendors on site as well.  Gates open at 5 p.m. on Saturday with the show started at 7 p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 12 p.m. with show starting at 2 p.m. The rodeo will be held at Washington County Equestrian Center, 2574 Daniels Lake Rd., Chipley. Advanced tickets are $8 and...

Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 7

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within the park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 2

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Join park staff and volunteers on a walk through the rich history of our park. Learn about the early indigenous people who occupied this land all the way through to the 1920s when the park was developed as a private residence for the Hicks family and later turned into a summer retreat for Avondale Textile mill employees and their families....

First Day hike at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 1

On New Year’s Day, America’s state parks will once again be celebrating with First Day Hikes, when people welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. This year, Camp Helen will host a self-guided hike on the North Trail. Trail is 1.8 miles total with a self-guided native plant tour brochure that corresponds with numbers on the trail. A park ranger will walk the trail from 9 to 10 a.m. and will answer any questions you may have. North Trail...

Williford, Pitt/Sylvan, and Blue Spring along Econfina Creek reopen

The Northwest Florida Water Management District is re-opening three of its most popular recreation sites along Econfina Creek on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The day-use recreation sites at Williford Spring, Pitt/Sylvan springs, and Blue Spring will each re-open at 8 a.m. Saturday. All three day-use sites return to normal operating hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week). “We are so lucky to live in this part of the state and to have access to some of the...

Wild Christmas at Emerald Coast Zoo Dec. 12, 13

Emerald Coast Zoo is hosting a Wild Christmas on Sat. Dec. 12 and Sun. Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Santa will visit from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. both days. Watch the animals open presents throughout the day. Hot dogs, hot chocolate and camel rides available to purchase. Admission is $10/person. Children under 2 free. Emerald Coast Zoo is located at 5262 Deer Springs Dr. Crestview, FL 32539. For more information call (850) 682-3949. ::MAP::...

Merry Main Street festivities in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

Main Street DeFuniak Springs has announced its “Merry Main Street” schedule of events to begin on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020. Taking place every Saturday before Christmas in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, events include in-store specials, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with The Character Clubhouse, rides on the Choctaw Express Train and live holiday performances by local groups. For the support of its community and putting small businesses first, Main Street DeFuniak Springs has been designated...