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Free Admission to SoWal State Parks Summer 2023

June 18, 2023 by SoWal Staff

Summer visitors to Walton County will once again be able to enjoy complimentary day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Walton County Tourism Department is paying the cost of entry for day-use visitors to increase available parking for beachgoers during the peak visitation season, as well as raise awareness of the variety of eco-tourism activities South Walton offers. This year marks the ninth year of admission coverage for Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the seventh for Grayton Beach State Park.

"We all recognize that our state parks are incredible assets to Walton County, so this program is an opportunity to encourage our residents and visitors to explore what the state parks have to offer," said Matt Algarin, tourism director for Walton County. "From the trails to the sugar-white sand beaches and the variety of activities and amenities available, the state parks are truly remarkable."

Complimentary day-use admission is available during normal operating hours, generally 8 a.m. to sunset, and this year’s program will begin on Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday May 26, and run through Labor Day, Sept. 4.

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