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Movies and smores at Camp Helen State Park July 22

The seventh annual Movies and Smores series at Camp Helen State Park is moving outdoors. Season finale takes place with the new movie “Onward” and an interpretive display about our feathered friends in the sky. Food truck onsite from late afternoon into the evening. The event is from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and begins with smores around the bonfires and a souvenir cup. Movie begins at sunset. For more information, call the park at 850-233-5059. Event Essential Eligibility Criteria For...

Presentation about the painted ceiling at Wakulla Springs State Park July 29

Join a ranger-led presentation on the characters, wildlife, ships and scenery on the painted ceiling of the Lodge at the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, and stay for dinner in the grand dining room. The presentation will be on Thurs., July 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask your tour leader for a coupon good for a free featured appetizer with a dinner purchase. One coupon per couple, please. The tour is free with paid park entry. Event Essential...

Guided tour of Wakulla Springs State Park lodge July 15

A ranger-led program will reveal the craftsmanship, elegant materials and lore of the Edward Ball Wakulla Lodge on Thurs. July 15, from 6 – 7 p.m. EDT. Call 850-421-2000 for reservations in the grand dining room of the lodge following the presentation. Ask your tour leader for a coupon good for a free featured appetizer with a dinner purchase. One coupon per couple, please. The tour is free with paid park entry. Event Essential Eligibility Criteria Contact Jeffrey.Hugo@FloridaDEP.gov for more information. Wakulla Springs State...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park July 3

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 July 1

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, June 3 from 10 – 11 a.m. Join in for a ranger-guided nature hike. Camp Helen boasts nine distinct natural communities throughout the park with varied flora and fauna. Learn about our rare coastal dune lake, Lake Powell, as well as the park wildlife. Hike is suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather; water and bug spray are recommended. Park Fees There is an honor entrance station. The fee is...

Construction to begin in Paxton for new Walton County park

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 9:00 am, District 2 Commissioner Danny Glidewell will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ghentsville park in Paxton. The ceremony will be held at 222 Clear Springs Road. The site is on the north side of Clear Springs Road, approximately .07 miles from Clear Springs Road/US 331 North intersection. In December 2018 the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (WCBCC) approved a donation agreement of an approximately 90-acre parcel of land located...

Seven Runs recreation area reopens

Upgrades and improvements by Northwest Florida Water Management have been completed at Seven Runs recreation area. Restoration and stabilization of  the shoreline, two ladders/steps to the water, and an ADA ramp to the porta-toilet have been added. The park also has a small pavilion, and picnic tables. The park is a popular location to launch a kayak/canoe. The short paddle opens to a cypress swamp, Dead River Landing, then on to the Choctawhatchee River. The Seven Runs recreation area is...

Walton County breaks ground on Cowford kayak/canoe launch

Walton County hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on May 24, 2021 to kick off the new Cowford Landing kayak/canoe launch on The Choctawhatchee River. The new launch will be approximately 100 yards past the existing Cowford boat launch located at SR20 and the Choctawhatchee River at 55 Big Cedar Road, Ponce De Leon, FL 32455 The scope of work includes the construction of a parking lot, sidewalks, restroom, two overnight shelters, timber boardwalks, and a new floating dock with ADA kayak...

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...