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Dead River Landing park improvements near completion

New parking area, camp sites and camping areas By Jeffrey Powell DeFuniak Springs Herald Thanks in large part to a $175,000 grant from the Northwest Florida Water Management District the Dead River Landing has received several much needed improvements recently and is scheduled to re-open within the week. A popular fishing and hunting access to the Choctawhatchee River, Dead River Landing has been used by locals and visitors alike for many years. During hunting season it is common to have...

Construction underway at Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach

New park to boast playground, splash pad and recreation building Construction has been approved and the road has been cleared for Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach. The 16.7-acre park is finally coming to fruition after several years of grant requests and planning. Located between J.D. Miller Road and South Walton High School, the park will boast a 1,400 sq. ft. recreation and educational center, two pavilions, an asphalt multi-use trail, playground, splash pad and multi-use recreation area. Other amenities...

Enjoy a hike along Bruce Creek in Walton County

Hiking this beautiful creek an easy trek A great way to explore the Choctawhatchee River basin is taking a hike along Bruce Creek in Northeast Walton County. Located off of State Road 81 south of Ponce De Leon, this shallow creek runs west to east through the center of the county and eventually empties into the Choctawhatchee River. The trail is not maintained, however mostly clear and fairly easily to navigate. This area within the river basin is accessible when...

Explore the Creek Trail in Santa Rosa Beach

Four miles of meandering trails a pleasant walk or bike ride Many folks aren’t aware of a great little trail to explore in Santa Rosa Beach. Located around the busy South Walton Government Annex buildings, the Creek Trail offers more than four miles of hiking and biking enjoyment. Easily accessible, one can meander through the trails and enjoy the beauty of South Walton’s natural resources. The Creek Trail boasts forest footpaths, multi-use paved trails, and bridges crossing over wetlands areas....

Loop the Lake 5K run/walk slated for Sept. 10, 2011

Lace up your running shoes and get set to run or walk around historic Lake DeFuniak Lace up your running shoes and get set to run or walk around historic Lake DeFuniak during the Loop the Lake 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run on Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. The event, which is a fundraiser for the 2011 American Heart Association Heart Walk, will be scored by Little Red Hand Production Race Management and Timing. This...

Learn about wildlife at Topsail June 20

Learn about the critters that call Topsail their home Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park With over 1,600 acres at the park to explore there is a pretty good chance you may have an encounter with one of our wild residents.  What will you see?  What could it be?  Come out and join the Topsail staff for a presentation on the common critters who call Topsail Hill their home.  Park at the Day-Use area and take a...