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Explore Blue Spring recreation area along Econfina Creek

Located approximately 1.5 miles north of State Road 20 and accessed off Blue Springs Road North in Youngstown, the Blue Spring recreation area on Econfina Creek has several new features. Recently restructured after a devastating Hurricane Michael, the recreation area now consists of an ADA-compliant ramp and stair access to the spring, an overlook deck of the spring vent, and a pedestrian bridge overlooking a separate karst feature. Visitors can also enjoy picnic pavilions, a pedestal grill, fire ring, and...

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,...

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...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 5

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....

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Nov. 7

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 Nov. 5

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within our 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,...

Community survey underway for Florence Park in DeFuniak Springs

Park eyed for a $200,000 state grant DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. Oct. 6, 2020 – Citizens in DeFuniak Springs are taking advantage of a community-wide survey about what they want to see in their public parks. The survey is being conducted by the recently revived City Beautification and Tree Board as the City prepares a state grant application to upgrade Florence Park at the corner of Clay and South 11th Street. Florence Park is in the historic district of DeFuniak Springs...

Improvements on the way for Cowford Landing on the Choctawhatchee River

Walton County is in the contractor bidding stage of making several improvements to Cowford Landing on The Choctawhatchee River. The scope of work includes the construction of a new parking lot, sidewalks, restroom, two overnight shelters, timber boardwalks, and a new floating dock with ADA kayak loading station. New ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps will also be constructed as well as drainage improvements including a storm water management system with outfall structure and piping. The work is currently out...

Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Sept. 3

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within our 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,...