Upcoming Events

Baytowne on Ice open through Jan. 31

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne On Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, Baytowne’s seasonal ice skating rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions.

Admission $11 for an hour and a half, $3 skate rental. Rink hours vary daily.

Click here for hours. Call 850-714-7614 for more information.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Miramar Beach.

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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, and bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent and your adventurous spirit.

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

For more information, contact Scarlett Dunn at: scarlett.a.dunn@FloridaDEP.gov

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Birding and plant walk with Bay County Audubon at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 13

On Saturday, Feb. 13 join Bay County Audubon Society at Eden Gardens State Park. This is a combined birding/plant walk with members of the Sweetbay chapter of Florida Native Plant Society. 

Eden Gardens is a 163-acre park featuring acres of very large, moss-covered oaks, camellias, azaleas and lots of other beautiful plants. Native plants are also featured. There is a nature trail that will be walked.  The centerpiece of the park is the Wesley Mansion, a two-story house with columns built in 1897. It is open to limited tours.

Meet at 8:00 – 8:15 a.m. in the main parking lot. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks, as well as your cameras and binoculars. This picturesque park is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. It is about 32 miles west of Panama City just off Hwy 98 on County Road 395. Turn right at the intersection and drive 1 mile to the park entrance.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions we won’t be carpooling but those who feel safe with close friends or family may choose to do so. Please bring and wear a mask. Easy walking. The plan is to divide into two groups for those interested in birding or plant study. 

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::

Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
House Tours:
$4.00 per adult.
$2.00 per child.

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Camellia sale and fundraiser at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 13 – 14

The Friends of Eden will be holding a camellia sale and fundraiser at Eden Gardens State Park on Saturday, Feb. 13 – 14, 2021 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. They will have air layered camellias available, as well as some nursery grown camellias.

The volunteers have put in a lot of sweat and love into air-layering these camellias out of the grounds so that our supporters can have a piece of Eden to take home with them. More than 80 of air-layered camellias will be available. Volunteers present to answer questions and will be wearing masks for the safety of supporters.

Click here to learn more about the Friends’ efforts.

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::

Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
House Tours:
$4.00 per adult.
$2.00 per child.

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Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park March 4

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, March 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, and bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent and your adventurous spirit.

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

For more information, contact Scarlett Dunn at: scarlett.a.dunn@FloridaDEP.gov

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History tour at Camp Helen State Park March 6

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. Depending upon availability, there will be the opportunity to go inside historic structures. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

For further questions, feel free to contact the office at Camp Helen at (850) 233-5059.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.

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Trailblazer Trot at Ponce deLeon Springs State Park March 13

The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce annual Trailblazer Trot, a cross country 5K will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 8 a.m.  The scenic race, sponsored by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Ponce de Leon Springs State Park’s southern trail parcel located at 150 L.D. Anderson Rd., Ponce de Leon, FL 32455, just south of Interstate 10 off of State Rd. 81. Enjoy a run or walk along the natural terrain trails through the lush, hardwood forest. Race crew will be providing the timing services along with light refreshments.

After the event, present your race bib at the park entrance to obtain free admission for you and your family to visit the beautiful springs, which are located approximately 2 miles north of the race venue.

All proceeds will go towards the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce for the future development and enhancement of our community.

For pricing and registration, click here.

Register by February 20, 2021 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt. Children are welcome but this course is not stroller friendly.