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Walton County moves forward with plans for bay side park, public workshops Jan. 11 and 18

On Nov. 28, 2017 the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) discussed preliminary plans for the 6 ½ acre bay side park located at Bay Grove Road and U.S. Hwy. 331 in Freeport. Before final plans are approved, the Walton County Public Works Department will hold public workshops on Thursday, January 11, 2018 and Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Freeport City Hall, 112 Highway 20 West, Freeport. The purpose of these workshops are to...

Audubon Florida’s former executive director Eric Draper now director of Florida State Parks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein today announced three key appointments to DEP’s leadership team, as part of its continued focus on the protection of Florida’s prized properties through the management of Florida’s world-renowned state park system and land acquisition and conservation. Eric Draper will join the DEP team as the Director of Florida State Parks, effective Nov. 28, and Callie DeHaven will serve as Interim Director of the Division of State Lands effective Nov....

DEP announces opening of 175th State Park at Gilchrist Blue Springs

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service announced the opening of Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park in High Springs, Florida’s 175th state park. The property, which contains six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River, has been providing recreational opportunities as a private park since 1958. As a state park, Gilchrist Blue Springs will continue to offer numerous opportunities for resource-based recreation, including swimming, paddling and hiking....

Florida Panhandle State Parks temporarily close due to tropical storm Nate

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service announces the closure of 18 state parks in Northwest Florida due to imminent weather conditions including strong winds and rain. The following state parks are closing today at 5 p.m. local time: Big Lagoon State Park (Escambia County Blackwater Heritage State Trail (Santa Rosa County) Blackwater River State Park (Santa Rosa County) Camp Helen State Park (Bay County) Constitution Convention Museum State Park (Gulf County) Deer Lake State Park (Walton County) Eden Gardens State Park (Walton County) Falling Waters...

Bay front park on the Choctawhatchee Bay inches closer to reality

With the recent purchase of close to 6.6 acres on the northwest end of the Clyde B. Wells (Hwy. 331) bridge corridor, Walton County is getting closer to creating a new park on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Known as bayfield or “bay fill” to some locals, the first parcel purchased by the County is 2.14 acres on the water. The additional parcels are adjacent to the north and are collectively 4.436 acres. The second purchase will be announced at the Walton...

Roadside springs of northwest Florida

Northwest Florida boasts a large inventory of beautiful springs. With close to 40 in the Walton, Holmes, Washington and Bay counties, many are only accessible by paddling or by boat. There are a few available you can enjoy a family picnic and offer restroom facilities more suited for little ones. Here is a list of some great options in the Panhandle. Ponce de Leon Springs State Park in Holmes County Just outside the Walton County line is one of the...

Nature lovers celebrate 25 years of South Walton conservation land

As our community  grows, many residents and visitors continue to be in awe of the extraordinary amount of recreation land we have in South Walton county. However, some newcomers have no idea how we acquired such a vast and beautiful landscape enjoyed by many. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Point Washington State Forest almost didn’t happen. Thanks to the support from organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, an energetic group of advocates from 4-Mile Village, local conservation group Beach...