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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to host public meeting Aug. 22

DEP’s Florida Park Service is in the process of updating the unit management plan for Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting on Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m. to learn more about the proposed plans for the state park and to provide their comments The meeting will be held at Northwest Florida State College, South Walton Campus, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 32459. The meeting is an opportunity for the public to ...

Florida Caverns State Park now open following impacts of Hurricane Michael

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has announced the reopening of Florida Caverns State Park following the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The park, which experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael, is now open for limited day-use. The ranger station, visitor center and cave are open. Guided flashlight tours of the cave will be offered on a limited first-come, first-served basis. The Bluehole camping area, equestrian camping area and primitive camping areas remain closed at this time. “The reopening of Florida...

Grayton Beach State Park renovates campground and cabins

For those who enjoy exploring nature and camping at northwest Florida’s State Parks, there is good news for fans of Grayton Beach State Park. The park has recently undergone much-welcomed upgrades to their campsites and cabins. The campsite area has just upgraded the water, sewer, and electrical hookups which now provide 30 & 50 amp power to 35 of their sites. Two new campsites have been added totaling 61 campsites; each nestled in the scrub oaks. Eight of the cabins...

Learn about animals in the wild at Grayton Beach State Park April 17

Join Grayton Beach State Park ranger Slade Ward on Wednesday, April 17 as he provides information on the many species animals that call Grayton Beach home. Be ready to take a quiz on the top 10 species that are in park. Learn why it is discouraged to feed animals in the wild. Parking will be at the boat launch lot. The interpretive will begin at 10 a.m. Grayton Beach State Park is located in Walton County, South of U.S. 98...

Choctawhatchee Bay front park officially named Grady Brown Park

The Choctawhatchee Bay front park in the works at the north end of the Clyde B. Wells Bridge causeway officially has a name. Thanks to the energetic efforts of Hannah Brown of Eucheeanna, the park boasts the namesake of her grandfather, Grady Brown, or as she fondly called him “Paw Paw.” The area of the park formally known as “bay field,” is a favorite spot for local fishermen. On any given day for many years, you could rely on seeing...

Learn about turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 18

As part of Black History Month, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting “Turpentining in Topsail” on February 18, 2019 from 12 – 2 p.m.  Learn about the Turpentine industry that occurred in the park area during the late 1800s and early 1900s as well as outdoor cooking techniques from that time period.  Participants will get to sample “Swamp Cabbage.”  Afterwards there is an optional 3-mile walk to see remnants of the turpentining industry remnants within the park.  If you...

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Reopens

• Following significant damage from Hurricane Michael, the park is now open for day use – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has reopened portions of T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park for day use following the impacts of Hurricane Michael, including the marina and boat ramp area, the park’s south-end trail, as well as limited beach access.  The park experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael, including downed trees and debris, facility, boardwalk, road and trail...