Upcoming Events

Take a hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine every Wednesday at St. Andrews State Park

Enjoy a short hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine at St. Andrews State Park every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. The hike is free with park admission. 

Meet at Gator Lake Trail Head for a 1 hour, 0.5 mile hike through the maritime hammock and explore the natural and cultural significance of many native plants.

4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, Florida 32408
(850) 233-5140

Admission Fee:
$8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle

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Kayak eco tour at Camp Helen State Park July 16

Join Camp Helen State Park ranger staff on Thursday, July 16 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in North America. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water unique and important.

  • Individuals must be over the age of 12 and able to navigate their own watercraft.
  • Space is limited to 10 single kayaks to allow for proper social distancing due to state mandates.
  • Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be made by calling Camp Helen State Park at 850-233-5059.
  • Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the park for further information.

As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet, so dress appropriately. Please help keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center. As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet, so dress appropriately. Please help keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by calling Camp Helen State Park 24 hours prior to tour at (850) 233-5059. 

  • Cost is $30. Cash only, exact change only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.
  • Entrance fees into the park are waived.
  • Watercraft and gear from outside the park are not permitted.

Additional Information: 

Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the Park for further information. As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet so dress appropriately. Please help us keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

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::

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Ribbon cutting for new Skatepark July 22

Surfrider Skatepark at Helen McCall park is set to open. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

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.

On Wednesday, July 22nd, at 10:00 a.m., the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (WCBCC), will be hosting a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the new park at 325 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach.

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′ High Quarter Pipe
  • 6′ Deep Bowl Pocket
  • 4.5′ Deep Bowl Pocket with Extension
  • 3.5′ Deep Mini Ramp Bowl Pocket
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Kayak eco tour at Camp Helen State Park July 23

Join Camp Helen State Park ranger staff on Thursday, July 23 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in North America. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water unique and important.

  • Individuals must be over the age of 12 and able to navigate their own watercraft.
  • Space is limited to 10 single kayaks to allow for proper social distancing due to state mandates.
  • Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be made by calling Camp Helen State Park at 850-233-5059.
  • Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the park for further information.

As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet, so dress appropriately. Please help keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by calling Camp Helen State Park 24 hours prior to tour at (850) 233-5059. 

  • Cost is $30. Cash only, exact change only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.
  • Entrance fees into the park are waived.
  • Watercraft and gear from outside the park are not permitted.

Additional Information: 

Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the Park for further information. As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet so dress appropriately. Please help us keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

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::

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Kayak eco tour at Camp Helen State Park July 30

Join Camp Helen State Park ranger staff on Thursday, July 30 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in North America. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water unique and important.

  • Individuals must be over the age of 12 and able to navigate their own watercraft.
  • Space is limited to 10 single kayaks to allow for proper social distancing due to state mandates.
  • Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be made by calling Camp Helen State Park at 850-233-5059.
  • Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the park for further information.

As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet, so dress appropriately. Please help keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by calling Camp Helen State Park 24 hours prior to tour at (850) 233-5059. 

  • Cost is $30. Cash only, exact change only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.
  • Entrance fees into the park are waived.
  • Watercraft and gear from outside the park are not permitted.

Additional Information: 

Program is weather dependent. Please check the forecast prior to arrival. If there is a chance of inclement weather on program day, call the Park for further information. As with all water sports, there is a chance of getting wet so dress appropriately. Please help us keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the Visitor Center.

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::

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 DeFuniak Springs Home and Garden Show Sept. 12 

The Second Annual DeFuniak Springs Home & Garden Show will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 Hwy. 83, DeFuniak Springs. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dozens of vendors will be there with artwork, hand crafted jewelry, home décor, skincare products, honey and beeswax products, jarred and canned food items, garden décor, plants, fresh produce, clothing, crafts items and food vendors. In addition, contractors, fencing specialists, roofing representatives, painters, flooring installers, cabinet and countertop experts, landscapers, arborists, interior designers and lawn and garden specialists are encouraged to participate. Organizers are accepting additional vendors. For booth information, contact the email or phone number below.

There will also be a tour of the Walton County Extension greenhouses for a select number of attendees. Call for details.

There is no charge for the event but attendees are asked to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Liberty Area Food Pantry to aid local residents in need.

Pets are welcome but must be well trained and leashed at all times. Pet owners are responsible to clean up after their pets.

For further information about the event, contact dfshags@gmail.com or DeFuniak Springs Home and Garden on Facebook. Calls will also be accepted at 850-307-3394.

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Lionfish Festival and tournament in Destin Sept. 11-13

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 6th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 16 and 17 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach. The tournament will be held Sept. 11 – 13, 2020. Do you harvest lionfish? Register for the Emerald Coast Open lionfish tournament.

Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths. Satisfy your taste buds by visiting any of the participating locations of Lionfish Restaurant Week (May 11-14) for your chance to try this delicious invasive. Learn more by visiting FWCReefRangers.com.

For more information, contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.