Explore Lakewood Park: Florida’s highest point

May 25, 2015

A granite monument depicts Florida's highest point at Lakewood Park. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors
A granite monument depicts Florida’s highest point at Lakewood Park. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Walton County Park east of Paxton is lowest State high point in the U.S.

At a whopping 345 ft. above sea level, there is no need for any mountain climbing gear to get to the top of Florida’s highest point. Lakewood Park (also known as Britton Hill) in north Walton is the highest natural point in the State of Florida, and is also the lowest high point of any State in the U.S.

Located just east of Paxton, Lakewood Park is a small county park sporting pavilion picnic area, a restroom and short hiking trails. The trails are an easy walk through a small hardwood forest of mostly even terrain. It offers three paths to choose from: .45 mile, .52 mile and .71 mile.

Known as Britton Hill to the locals and explorers, the namesake comes from a former lumber mill baron, William Henry Britton who developed the area in the early 1900s.

If you are exploring north Walton County, or headed to Florala, it is worth a stop.

Directions: Take U.S. Hwy 331 north. Turn east on Co. Hwy. 147E just south of Paxton. Turn left on N. Co. Hwy 285. The park is on the left. ::MAP::

Explore the park from the air with Walton County resident and drone flyer Fred Provost: