Discover Roads Less Traveled in South Walton This Spring

April 7, 2014 by Teresa Lischka

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Visit South Walton and Northwest Florida State College, presents a unique series of eco-adventures in South Walton County. Discover Roads Less Traveled offers varied opportunities to explore and discover the natural resources that make SoWal unique. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy!


The Florida Pandhandle is one of the five richest biodiversity hotspots in North America. Walton County’s extraordinary ecosystems are home to numerous and unusual native plants and animals. Besides its sugar white sand beaches and coastal dune system, our county is home to the Choctawhatchee River (Florida’s fourth largest in volume), Choctawhatchee Bay, many creeks and bayous, and the extremely rare coastal dune lakes. Discover Roads Less Traveled will introduce you to some of these very special places.

The current schedule of eco-tours provides outdoor adventure in South Walton through the Spring season. Listings include kayak and stand-up-paddle tours, various hiking excursions, surf-fishing lessons, coastal dune lakes tours, and a variety of adventures. Eco-tours are led by local experts to help you gain a better understanding of our local environment.


“A lot of our visitors are families of active, outdoor types," says Jim Bagby, Director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council. "These are folks going on vacations based on what outdoor activities they can experience.”

Discover Roads Less Traveled expands opportunities for fun outdoor activities from the beach to the woods and waterways. SoWal eco-adventures await your discovery.

Point Washington State Forest Tour
Mar 17 | 9am - 11:30am

Coastal Dune Lakes Tour
Mar 18, Apr 10, Apr 22, Jun 18 | 9:30am to 3:30pm

Coffeen Nature Preserve Tour
Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 16, Apr 30, May 14, May 28 | 9:30am - 11:30am

Campbell Lake Canoe & Kayak Tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Apr 24 | 1pm

Surf Fishing at Grayton Beach State Park
Mar 22 | 10am

Dune Walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Mar 25, Apr 3 | 1pm

Sunset Night Hike at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Mar 11 (5:30pm), Apr 8 (5:45pm)

Paddle Excursion at Eden Gardens State Park
Apr 14 | 9am - 11:30am

Paint by the Bay at Kellogg Park
Apr 15 | 2pm

Wet Prairies of Grayton Beach State Park
Apr 16, May 17 | 10am

Garden & Trail Tour at NFSC South Walton Center
Apr 9, Apr 21 | 3pm

Western Lake Paddle at WaterColor Boathouse
Apr 28 | 8:30am - 11:00am

Eco-adventure tour schedule and descriptions are available online at Tour prices vary, starting at $15. Registration is by phone at 850-200-4160.

For more information about Discover Roads Less Traveled, please contact Sarah Schindele at 850-200-4175/ or Alison McDowell at 850-200-4173.

Discover all South Walton adventures and happenings throughout the year on the SoWal Events Calendar.


Teresa Lischka's picture

A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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