Four miles of meandering trails around South Walton’s Government Center a pleasant walk or bike ride
Many folks aren’t aware of the scenic, leisurely trails located around the busy South Walton Government Annex buildings in Santa Rosa Beach. The multi-modal trails offer more than four miles of hiking and biking enjoyment. Easily accessible, one can meander along and enjoy the beauty of South Walton’s natural resources.
The trails boasts forest footpaths, multi-use paved trails, and bridges crossing over wetlands areas. A variety of trees such as sand pine, scrub oak, magnolia, titi, pond cypress and wax myrtle provide a shaded canopy throughout a portion of the trail system, and is a great location for birding.
Most of the trails are located around the northwest corner of U.S. Hwy. 98 and U.S. Hwy. 331. The trails can be accessed at a variety of locations. ::TRAIL MAP::
Another interpretive trail not shown on the map meanders around Northwest Florida State College adjacent to the Government Center.
The Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail is a joint project of the Walton County Master Gardeners, Northwest Florida State College, and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. This trail was developed to familiarize residents, visitors, and students with some of the most common native trees, shrubs and wildflowers that thrive in this small ecosystem in South Walton County.
The interpretive trail wraps around the south-and-western edge of the college’s South Walton Center property. Markers along the trail provide educational information on various plant species. Click here to download accompanying TRAIL GUIDE.
The garden demonstrates best practices for the use of native plants, water conservation, and other Florida-friendly gardening techniques for the home landscape.
The easily navigated trail was well planned out and offers something for most every nature lover. The area boasts creative sculptures and painting by local artisans, a meditation area, seating, and is also ADA accessible.
For more information, contact the NWFSC South Walton Center at (850) 200-4160. South Walton Center of NWF State College is located at 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.