Nature

Help Sea Turtles by Keeping SoWal Beaches Clean & Dark

South Walton beaches are a go-to destination for summer fun and for sea turtles. On our amazing white sands, several species of sea turtles return each year to build a nest and lay their eggs.

It’s sea turtle nesting season once again and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding beachgoers to take precautions that can help protect these federally threatened and endangered marine reptiles.

Share SoWal! Free Access to Thousands of Beach Photos

Join us in sharing SoWal!

One of the ways we like to promote our area, and help you do the same, is sharing our collection of more than 5,000 photos for you to download and share for FREE! We are pleased and proud to share photos of our beloved South Walton. It's why we started SoWal.com - to share our love for the beach. Please help us spread the joy and Share SoWal!

South Walton Adventures on the Water

People flock to South Walton from all over the world to enjoy the most beautiful beaches on the planet. But there’s so much more to the SoWal area that folks aren’t even aware of  - endless opportunities for water adventures!

Here’s our latest SoWal List featuring just a few of the many water adventures to be experienced in our little corner of the world.

Take a Walk Through Old Florida at Camp Helen State Park

Do you love the REAL Florida? Do you love OLD Florida? Then a visit to Camp Helen State Park on the east end of South Walton is a must.

The protected sanctuary is sandwiched between our largest coastal dune lake, Lake Powell, and the gulf. Camp Helen is a true gem not to be missed, with amazing views from high bluffs, rustic foot bridges over still waters, forested trails teeming with wildlife, and a bit of Florida history to boot.

Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb 15

The Friends of Eden Gardens invite the community to the annual Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10am until 2pm.

Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing Camellias, enjoy a Camellia floral arrangement demonstration, learn air layering, (a Camellia propagating technique), and Camellia waxing for bloom preservation.  Attend a program on Camellia care and other plant related topics by Marie Harrison, a Master Gardener and author of numerous Gardening Books.

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