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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,...

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′...