Nature

Take a First Day Hike at a Florida State Park on Jan 1

Walking on the beach can change your perspective. There's nothing better than being at the beach on the first day of a new year. First Day Hikes offered by Florida State Parks are a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family - or a solitary sojourn.

There are hundreds of First Day Hikes sponsored at state parks across the country on New Year's Day - but you'll find no better place than our state parks right here in and around South Walton!  
 

Reflecting on Our Rare Coastal Dune Lakes

This year’s excessive rain opens our eyes to the impact Mother Nature has on living creatures, both human and non-human. Human behavior is directly affected by the amount of sunshine we receive daily, not to mention the fresh air and exercise, all critical to our health and happiness.

We wait for the sun to pop through the clouds so we can grab a boat or a board and head for the water. Our bodies in motion don’t know what to do with too much indoor time, especially here in paradise.

Walton County Beach Nourishment Project Update

The Walton County Hurricane & Storm Damage Reduction Project, also known as the federal beach nourishment project, is in the third phase- the Preliminary, Engineering, and Design Phase (PED). The PED phase includes the all of the steps necessary to prepare the project for the next phase- Construction. Currently, surveyors hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are surveying all five of the project reaches. Almost half of the surveying is complete and we anticipate the final survey work to be completed in October.

Eat, Play, Shop, Stay In Grayton Beach

Grayton Beach is unlike any other beach town on Scenic 30A because of its untouched charm and laid-back lifestyle. There are fewer simple shell roads, but all roads are memories of beaten paths, almost completely shaded by old oak, pine, and magnolia.

Grayton Beach has grown up over recent decades but is still charming and quiet even though every year more visitors choose Grayton Beach as their vacation destination. Here are a few favorite SoWal Insider spots to Eat, Play, Shop, and Stay in Grayton Beach.
 

12th Annual Back To Nature Festival Oct 17-20

The South Walton Community Council hosts the 12th Annual Back To Nature Festival Oct. 17-20, 2013. The festival is one of our favorites and offers the opportunity for visitors and locals to discover the wonders of our unique coastal environment. 

Register today at www.southwaltoncc.org and get ready to enjoy the wonders of South Walton’s natural beauty!

Gopher Tortoises Finding Safe Haven in Walton County

After 47 days in the field, 227 threatened gopher tortoises have been spared an inhumane death and 28 gopher tortoise eggs have been saved from a development site in Apopka, Fl. The Humane Society of the United States, Nokuse Plantation, D.R. Horton and Bio-Tech Consulting teamed up to rescue the tortoises and eggs from the Rock Springs Ridge subdivision before relocating them to a permanent home at Nokuse Plantation, a nature preserve in Walton County. The eggs started hatching on Sept. 6.

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