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Florida Forest Service announce temporary camp closures at Pine Log and Lake Talquin

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service Florida State Forest announce temporary campground closures due to Hurricane Michael: Forest campground closures October 20, 2018 Pine Log State Forest’s Sand Pond Pavilion and the Bloxham Tract and pavilion at Lake Talquin State Forest has opened on Saturday, October 20th. Tree removal continues in the effort to open back up forest tracts and campsites. Campgrounds, facilities and State Forest Tracts listed below will be closed until further notice. Pine...

Florida Trail announces closures across the Panhandle

Oct. 20, 2018 – The Panhandle region continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and its devastating impact. The Florida Trail is closed within the following land management units until further notice: • Pine Log State Forest • Econfina Creek Water Management Area • Chipola Water Management Area • Blountstown Greenway • Apalachicola National Forest • St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge These areas remain closed as our land management partners work to assess damage, clear roads, restore basic...

Guided hike at Rocky Bayou State Park Aug. 14 and 21

Enjoy a guided hike of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on August 14 and August 21 from 9 – 10 a.m. What Happened to Puddin’ Head Lake? Come hear the story of Rocky Bayou’s history and learn of its present features and endeavors for a natural and healthy ecosystem as we hike the Sand Pine Trail along the restored steephead stream exploring “The Real Florida.” Meet at Puddin’ Head Lake Pavilion in inside the park.  Please bring a water...

McQuage Bayou multiple-use trail in Point Washington State Forest undergoes restoration

The McQuage Bayou trail in south Walton’s Point Washington State Forest has undergone restoration and is now open for biking, hiking, and horse-back riding. The trail, originally established as equestrian-use only, has been closed to the public due to the deterioration of two large bridges along the path. The condition of these bridges made traveling the trail unsafe. With major improvements to the bridges, the trail itself and a refurbished trailhead, work is complete. The trail is open 7 days...

Choctawhatchee River Section of the Florida National Scenic Trail now open

Dec. 14, 2016 – Tom Daniel, Trail Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Chapter, Florida Trail Association has announced a new section of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) in Walton County is now open. “Our volunteers have been working on this Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) segment since 2009. The recent completion of the 245 foot boardwalk at Cypress Creek allows us to finally open the trail.  The boardwalk permits hikers to safely cross until the Choctawhatchee River reaches flood stage...