Believe it or not, there is more to do outdoors in Seagrove Beach and along 30A than just enjoy the beautiful beaches! The area is home to four state parks, 27 miles of greenway trails, 11 rare coastal dune lakes and much more. Year-round activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking and golfing are all popular pastimes.
Coastal Dune Lakes
These lakes are a unique geographical feature and are only found in Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, and right here in Walton County. Known by kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts for their beauty and tranquility, coastal dune lakes are formed by the wind and are classified as “critically imperiled” because of their extreme rarity. Coastal dune lakes are biologically diverse thanks to the salt water combined with fresh water – important to migrating birds and other beach organisms.
Grayton Beach State Park
Located centrally along scenic highway 30A close to Seagrove Beach, Grayton Beach State Park consistently ranks among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States. The park consists of nearly 2,000-acres and features a boat ramp that provides access to the lake’s brackish waters for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Visitors can paddle a canoe or kayak on scenic Western Lake to get a closer look at a salt marsh ecosystem. A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias stand, and hikers and cyclists can enjoy more than four miles of trails throughout the pine flatwoods.
Deer Lake State Park
Deer Lake State Park is a 1,920 acre park named after a freshwater coastal dune lake within its boundaries. The trail access to the Gulf of Mexico opens to a magnificent dune field and to a pristine section of beach. Black water streams are lined with spring azaleas, summer wildflowers are seen around cypress domes throughout the sand hills, and there is a thick forested hammock of hardwood and longleaf pine trees.
Point Washington State Preserve
This 15,000-acre forest is home to more than ten miles of challenging biking and hiking trails, including one of the most popular trails in Walton County, the Eastern Lake Bike/Hike Trail. Point Washington State Forest primarily consists of sandhill, basin swamps and Titi drains, wet flatwoods, wet prairie and cypress swamps. Point Washington is also home to a variety of threatened and endangered species of animals.
Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park is absolutely gorgeous and well worth a visit. The focal point of this 161-acre park is the beautifully renovated, two-story Wesley house with its elegant white columns, wrap-around porch, and moss-draped live oaks. Named after a wealthy Florida timber family, the park is part of the family’s estate. In 1963, Lois Maxon bought and renovated the home, creating a showplace for her family heirlooms and antiques. The house holds the second largest known collection of Louis XVI furniture in the United States. There are beautiful ornamental gardens with heritage roses, camellias, and azaleas, as well as a butterfly garden and a reflection pond filled with water lilies and large koi. There are also nature trails as well as picnic areas and a fishing dock.