Parks

State Parks & Forests in South Walton, Florida

The State Parks and State Forest Lands in South Walton are spectacular. Protected lands make up about 40% of the land south of the bay.

We are so blessed to have such treasure all around us. The lakes, bayous, creeks, forests, dunes and beaches in our parks make SoWal a very special place. Incredible landscapes with coastal dune lakes, lake outfalls kissing the Gulf, flowering dune magnolias, soaring pelicans, dancing dolphins, flower-covered dunes - the wonders of coastal nature are everywhere you turn.

Camp Helen State Park 20 Year Celebration March 25

Camp Helen State Park invites everyone to their 20-Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 25 starting at 8:30am in The Lodge and continuing until 12:30pm with presentations, walking tours and special guests such as Elam Stoltzfus - producer of Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast. 

8:30 – 9:30 am
Option 1:     Explore birds on the park’s Nature Trails with the Bay County Audubon Society - Wear comfortable shoes, binoculars provided.
Option 2:     Walking history tour

 

Christmas Candlelight Tour and Open House at Eden Gardens Dec 17

The Friends of Eden Gardens State Park invite the public to the annual Eden Gardens State Park Christmas Candlelight Open House on Saturday, December 17 from 5pm to 8pm. Enjoy the traditional walk through the luminaries through the Park to the Historic Wesley House and it’s beautifully decorated rooms. You'll be greeted by carolers and guided throughout the house to see and hear about each beautifully decorated room. Guests can even vote on their favorite room.

Hitting The Trail at Arnett's Gulfside Trailrides

When the SoWal crew went horsing around at Arnett’s Gulfside Trailrides, I purposely left my phone in the van. It was a wise decision. Horseback riding through the tall pines of Pt. Washington State Forest was more relaxing than a massage.

Unplugging, breathing in fresh, pine-scented air and being surrounded by a sea of green is the perfect way to rejuvenate. It’s also a great way to learn about a part of our unique SoWal environment.

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