The 60-acre Freeport Regional Sports Complex at Hammock Bay is nestled within the Hammock Bay community and can be accessed via Great Hammock Bend or Bay Loop Road. In designing the community’s park, attention to all aspects was fully researched. Some of the elements that were examined were the interaction of one sport or activity with another, pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the parks accessibility to the community, the preservation of its natural elements and activities for all ages to enjoy.
The Walton Sports Complex is on Hwy 98, east of Point Washington, behind Dune Lakes Elementary School.
A lighted multi-use field complex that features 3 full-sized multi-use fields
A lighted 3-field baseball/softball complex
A restroom/concession building
A separate restroom facility located adjacent to the multi-use complex
Large parking area
Eastern Lake Park is a small park just south of Scenic 30A on the east side of Eastern Lake. A great place to launch a small boat or paddle board on Eastern Lake and then paddle to the beach at the Eastern Lake outfall where it meets the Gulf.
Western Lake Access in Grayton Beach is at the eastern end of Hotz Avenue where it meets the lake, two blocks east of the red Bar. it is a lake access with boat ramp and dock which many folks use to launch a kayak, canoe or paddle board and take a short and memorable paddle on Western Lake south to the beach.
St. Andrews State Park is well known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters. The former military reservation has over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon.
Water sports enthusiasts enjoy swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing. Two fishing piers, a jetty, and a boat ramp provide ample fishing opportunities for anglers. Two nature trails wind through a rich diversity of coastal plant communities - a splendid opportunity for bird-watching.
Rocky Bayou State Park was transformed from a bombing practice range during World War II to a picturesque state park. The property now preserves beautiful old-growth longleaf pine trees, several over 300 years old, that once dominated this area of Florida.
Rocky Bayou, the main feature of the park, is the trailing arm of Choctawhatchee Bay and is popular for boating and fishing. A double-lane boat ramp makes this one of the best boat launching locations on the bay, where both freshwater and saltwater fish are found.
The beautiful freshwater spring at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park is named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513, as legend has it - in search of the "fountain of youth."
Visitors might well regain their youth by taking a dip in the cool, clear waters of Ponce de Leon Springs where the water temperature remains a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The main spring is a convergence of two underground water flows, and produces 14 million gallons of water daily.
At Henderson Beach State Park, pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing.
Florida Caverns State Park suffered major damage from Hurricane Michael in 2018. Call the park to check status before you go. Visit the Florida State Parks Storm Updates page for more information.
Florida Caverns State Park is about an hour and a half northeast of SoWal just north of I-10 in Marianna, Florida. One of the few state parks with dry (air filled) caves and the only Florida state park to offer cave tours to the public.
About an hour northeast of SoWal, just off I-10 at Chipley, Florida, Falling Waters State Park features huge trees and fern-covered sinkholes that line Sink Hole Trail, the boardwalk that leads visitors to Florida's highest waterfall.
Falling Waters Sink is a 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit into which flows a small stream that drops 73 feet to the bottom of the sink. The water's final destination remains unknown. Only a few miles south of I-10, the park provides travelers with a quiet, serene stop on their journey.