Thread: grayton beach campground
grayton beach campground
Can anyone give me any details about the Grayton Beach Campground? How far is it from the beach? walking distance? Any info would be helpful.
02-27-2005, 08:20 PM #2
Re: grayton beach campground
The distance from the camping area to the beach access is +/- one mile. An easy walk or bike ride. There is also a parking area next to the beach access if you decide to drive. The camping sites are arranged in a circle with the following sites being lakefront on Western Lake; 6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20. For reservations call 800-326-3521 or visit www.floridastateparks.org
Re: grayton beach campground
Grayton Beach State Park
Located on Scenic 30A just East of Grayton Beach.
Box 6600, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, (850) 231-4210
Grayton Beach State Recreation Area's name comes from the neighboring township of Grayton Beach, one of the oldest townships along the Gulf of Mexico in Walton County. Obtained through a land lease from the Florida Board of Education in 1964, Grayton Beach was dedicated and opened in 1968.
Salt spray and wind pruning, two of nature's landscaping tools, are seen everywhere. What sometimes appears to be "bushes" in the dunes are often full-size slash pines and southern magnolia trees with only their tops protruding from the drifting sand. Also found within the park boundaries are pine flatwoods and scrub. Scenic Western Lake is ringed by extensive salt marsh.
Hailed as the "Best Beach in the U.S." in 1994 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, this crown jewel of SoWal lives up to its reputation. The park features 1,133 acres of pristine coastal vegetation, a stunning stretch of beach and beautiful Western Lake. An extensive, self-guided nature trail system gives visitors an up-close look at the vast amount of ecological diversity found in the area including sand dunes, the coastal dune lake, pine flatwoods, marsh area and the beach. Facilities available include a pavilion, public restrooms, camping area, picnic areas and a boat ramp to Western Lake. Canoe rentals for lake tours are available.
Shorebirds are numerous on the beach, and sea turtles often nest here during the summer months. Foot traffic is prohibited on sand dunes and in nesting areas.
Thirty-seven campsites in pine scrub near Western Lake are equipped with picnic tables, grills, water and electricity. Park Rangers provide campfire programs seasonally.
There are currently ten cabin units nestled in the woods with twenty more to follow. Cabin patrons enter through automatic security gates and meander down the newly paved roads to the cabin area. Each 800 square foot cabin is furnished with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a full kitchen including microwave over, dishwasher, stove and refrigerator with an automatic icemaker. In addition, each cabin has a ceramic tile living room area and a sit-down counter with a beautiful gas fireplace.
For outdoor relaxation, each unit has a screened in back-porch equipped with a picnic table and grill. Recreation opportunities abound in the area. It is only a short walk down to the restricted beach use area that is equipped with a beautiful new handicapped accessible boardwalk.
Cabin Porch Paved bicycle paths connect the cabin area with local restaurants and shops. For the more adventurous there are nature trails as well as canoeing available at Grayton Beach State Recreation Area. Beach wheelchair is available.
A boat ramp is available on Western Lake.
Saltwater species are caught in the surf, while both fresh and saltwater fish are caught in the lake's brackish water.
The Grayton Beach Nature Trail begins near the beach parking area and winds among sand dunes, pine flatwoods and scrub communities. It is interpreted by a self-guiding leaflet available at the ranger station.
A large picnic pavilion overlooking the Gulf waters is available.
Swimming along the park's one mile of shoreline is very popular for visitors.
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