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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,...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Aug. 1

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....

Morrison Springs health advisory rescinded

Walton County July 22, 2020 — Effective immediately, the Florida Department of Health in Walton County is rescinding the July 8, 2020 health advisory for the Morrison Springs bathing place. DOH Walton feels that water quality in this area has improved considerably due to the reduction in bacteria levels. We will continue to monitor the water quality in this area monthly and routinely advise the public of our results. For more information, contact the DOH Walton at 850-892- 8021. The...

Surfrider Skatepark opening at Helen McCall Park in Santa Rosa Beach

What started as an idea among friends, and quite a bit of community effort has finally come to fruition. The new Walton County Skatepark, called Surfrider Skatepark is now ready to open. This new skatepark will provide opportunity for not only skateboarders, but BMX bikers, scooters, rollerblading and wheelchair freestyle. The skatepark features the following: 4′ High Starter Bank Ramp Flat Rail Manual Pad Plaza Stage with Rails, Up Gaps and Hubba Ledges Pump Bump Banked Hip With A-Frame Ledge 4′...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park July 4

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....

Area Florida State Parks make improvements during shutdown

While Florida State Parks were temporary closed to the public, park staff at Falling Waters State Park, Ponce De Leon Springs, and Camp Helen State Parks have been able to complete several projects. At Falling Waters State Park, park staff: Remodeled the campground bathhouse, including replacing mirrors, entry doors, hand dryers and shower rods and curtains, and painting the exterior. Performed maintenance to all the power pedestals in each campsite, including replacing breakers and receptacles as needed, and replaced site signs with new...

Panhandle area Florida State Parks continue to reopen for day use

May 9, 2020 – The Florida State Parks in the Panhandle area are continuing to reopen with limited use. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has opened for day use only. It will be for 50% capacity and there will be no tram service to the beach. The park will close once 50% capacity is met. To protect the health of the staff and volunteers only exact change or credit cards will be taken at the ranger station. No change will...