Wildflowers bloom in the Point Washington State Forest

September 29, 2011

Autumn brings colorful display to the forest floor

Goldenaster (Chrysopsis sabrella) can be found in colorful abundance in the Point Washington State Forest. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Fall months in the Point Washington State Forest offers a diverse landscape for a hiker or biker to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Most of the State Forest consists of sandhill, basin swamps/titi drains, wet flatwoods, wet prairie and cypress swamps.

During the fall months, the array of wildflowers in bloom offer the explorer a colorful journey. Native flowers in bloom include wild buckweat (Eriogonum tomentosum), hairy jointweed (Polygonella basiramia), senna symeria (seymeria cassioides), goldenaster (Chrysopsis sabrella), goldenrod (Soldago tortifolia), figwort (Agalinis satacea) and blazing star (Litatris champanii) to name a few.

Several plants and animals that are listed as threatened, endangered or species of special concern exist on the Point Washington State Forest. Some of these rare species include: american kestrel (Falco sparverius), gopher tortoise, flatwoods salamander, white-topped pitcher plant (Sarracenia leucophylla) and the world’s largest population of Curtiss sandgrass (Calamovilfa curtissii).

Located in South Walton County, the trails in the Point Washington State Forest are an easy trek with some sandy areas. Head out and explore the natural beauty of the Point Washington State Forest. Click here to learn more

A Gulf Frittilary butterfly feeds on the nectar of a red basil (calamintha coccinea) flower.

For a detailed list of trail locations throughout Walton County, click here

No overnight camping is currently permitted on the forest. There is camping available at both the Grayton Beach State Park and the Topsail Hill State Preserve RV Park. These areas are located adjacent to the forest.

Hikers note: Point Washington State Forest is part of the Point Washington Wildlife Management Area. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulates the hunting seasons in the forest. Visit MyFWC.com/hunting for information.

During hunting season be sure to wear bright colored clothing when hiking in the area.

For local information contact:
Division of Forestry
Point Washington State Forest
5865 East U.S. Hwy 98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Telephone: 850/ 267-8325 or
Email Point Washington State Forest: vanderj@doacs.state.fl.us