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Our Gulf Coast beaches are know for their sugary white sand and emerald green waters. Whether you are swimming, snorkeling, fishing or sun bathing, our beaches have something for everyone.

Enjoy your time at our beaches.

Gulf Parks

Okaloosa County Parks - Beach Wheelchair Service

Beach wheelchairs are available without charge on a first come first served basis for use at ALL County Parks on Okaloosa Island from 8:00am – 2:30pm. Monday through Friday call the Parks Office at 850. 689.5772 or the Park Ranger at 850.546.0342. Saturday, Sunday or Holidays call the Park Ranger at 850.546.0342.

Gulf Parks

Okaloosa Island Parks - Gulf Front Beach Access Way

Okaloosa Island Beach Access #1
Blue Dolphin Beachwalk
372 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
This park is the first of seven beach accessways on Okaloosa Island with dune walkovers to the Gulf of Mexico, two pavilions, two picnic tables and grills and restrooms.
Located between Gulf Dunes and Azure Condos

Okaloosa Island Beach Access #2
Emerald View Beachwalk
399 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
This park has dune walkovers to the Gulf of Mexico, 1 pavilion, a picnic table, restrooms and parking.
Located between Holiday House and The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Beach Access #3
Seashore Beachwalk
530 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
This park has a dune walkover to the Gulf of Mexico.
Located between SurfDweller and Island Princess.

Okaloosa Island Beach Access #4
600 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
This park has a dune walkover to the Gulf of Mexico.
Located between Pelican Isle and The Nautilus.

Okaloosa Island Beach Access #5
700 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
This park has a dune walkover to the Gulf of Mexico.
Located between Emerald Isle and Island Echoes.

Beach Access #6
Doris Jordan Freeway Beachwalk
820 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
This park has a dune walkover to the Gulf of Mexico.
Located between Islander Condos and Coquina Isle.

Okaloosa Island Beach Access #7
Emerald Promenade Beachwalk
900 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach
This park has a pavilion, 2 picnic tables, 2 grills, restrooms, and parking.
Located between Somerset Apartments and SeaCrest Condos.

Gulf Parks

A-Z Listing of Gulf Parks and Trails Along Hwy 98

(John) Beasley Park (Gulf Front Okaloosa County Park)
Okaloosa Island, Gulf side on Hwy 98
1550 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
Okaloosa County Public Works Resources 850.689.5772
John Beasley Park is a large beach park on Okaloosa Island with 2 dune walkovers to the Gulf of Mexico. This park has 2 large pavilions, 12 picnic tables, an octagonal platform, restrooms with changing rooms and 208 parking spaces.

Contact Okaloosa County for beach wedding and pavilion reservations at 850.689.5772.
Beach wheelchair service available 850. 689.5772.

Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park (Coastal Park)
12301 Gulf Beach Highway Pensacola, FL
850.492.1595 - reservations accepted.
Big Lagoon State Park is located on C.R. 292A, approximately 10 miles southwest of Pensacola.

Full facility 698-acre coastal park with recreation area, showers, swimming, boating, boat ramp, dock, fishing, hiking/nature trails, beaches, five picnic areas with shelters, 75 campsites, visitor center, observation tower, canoeing, amphitheater and a pavilion. Guided walks, campfire programs and recreational skills programs are offered seasonally and upon special request for groups.

Bracken Park

Bracken Wayside Park (Newman C. Brackin Wayside Park)
Also known as The Okaloosa Island Boardwalk (Gulf Front Okaloosa County Park)


Okaloosa County Public Works Resources 850.689.5772

Newman C. Brackin Wayside Park
1460 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
This park is on Okaloosa Island adjacent to the fishing pier. It offers 6 public pavilions, 41 picnic tables, restrooms with changing rooms, beach volleyball, volleyball nets, a children’s playground, dune walkovers to the beach, lots of parking, ADA accessibility, and 3 beach accesses with showers.

Contact Okaloosa County for beach wedding and pavilion reservations at 850.689.5772.
Beach wheelchair service available 850. 689.5772.

Nature Trail

Cassine Garden's Nature Trail
Call for information.
850.231.5721

Nature trail and boardwalk meander through three miles of scenic marshland, forests and white sand beaches.

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Clement E. Taylor Park (Bay front)
Calhoun Ave, Destin FL
Located on Choctawhatchee Bay.

Shade trees with picnic tables, playground equipment and restrooms.

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Constitution Convention State Museum
200 Allen Memorial Way Port St. Joe Florida
850.229.8029
Constitutional Convention Museum State Park is located in Port St. Joe, off U.S. 98.

Park, visitor center, interpretive center.

A Constitution monument was erected on the grounds in 1922 and bears the names of the convention delegates engraved in marble. A museum building was added to the 13.5-acre site and opened to the public in 1955. A self-guided tour will lead you through the convention hall where the convention setting is recreated with life-size delegates. Audio-animated mannequins portray Territorial Governors Robert Reid and William P. Duval, Senator David Y. Levy and Attorney Thomas L. Baltzell.

A nominal fee is charged for museum visitors six years of age and older. Special interpretive programs and tours designed for groups can be arranged.

The museum visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Eastern Lake Bike/Hike Trail
Call for maps and regulations.
850.231.5800

A 10-mile loop in the Point Washington State Forest that passes through a variety of natural vegetation and wildlife habitat.

Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens State Park (Bay Front)
P.O. Box 26 Point Washington, FL
850.231.4214
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.

Picnicking, visitor center, interpretive center, guided tours, state garden.

A 1895 Greek revival estate surrounded by gardens overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. Admission charge. The grounds, gardens and picnic area are open daily from 8 a.m. until sundown. The house is open for hourly guided tours from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. A picnic area with adjacent parking is available at the old mill site on Tucker Bayou.

Eden State Gardens which was once the home of the William Henry Wesley family is now a place of tranquility and contemplation. Yet, nearly 100 years ago, a visit to Eden State Gardens would have vibrated with the whir of mechanical and human energy.

Moss-draped live oaks, which predate the Wesley Company, dominate the lawns. Camellias and azaleas offer colorful accents to the scene from October through May; enjoy the peak bloom around mid- March.

Eglin

Eglin Reservation (North of Fort Walton Beach)
464,316 acres in Okaloosa Country, half is for public recreation. Forest, rivers, lakes, hunting, camping and fishing.  Free permits are required for the reservation, and they can be acquired at the Jackson Guard Station on Hwy 85, north of Niceville. Small fees are charged for hunting and fishing for ages 15 through 65.

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach Landing (Intercoastal Waterway)
Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach

Facility includes a fishing pier, boardwalk, gazebo, picnic area and a stage area for special event use.

Grayton Beach

Grayton Beach State Park (Gulf Front)
357 Martin Park Rd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL
850.231.4210 - reservations accepted
Grayton Beach State Park is located on S.R. 30-A, south of U.S. 98.

Full facility park with 37 campsites, 30 cabins, showers, boat ramp, fishing, nature walks, picnicking, swimming, paved bicycle paths, hiking/nature trails, recreation area, canoeing, handicapped accessible boardwalk and beach wheelchair is available. Campsites are equipped with picnic tables, grills, water and electricity. Park rangers provide campfire programs seasonally. 

Gulf Islands

Gulf Islands Natural Seashore
1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze
850.934.2600
Between Santa Rosa Sound and Gulf of Mexico.

Full facility camping, group/youth camping, canoeing, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking/Nature trails and guided tours.

Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State Park (Gulf Front)
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway Destin, Florida
850.837.7550 - reservations accepted
Henderson Beach State Park is located just east of the city of Destin on U.S.98.

Full facility 208-acre park with showers, campsites, picnicking, pavilion, swimming, surf fishing and over 6,000 feet of scenic Gulf front shoreline. Thirty campsites, with electric and water hookups, are available.

John Gorrie Museum State Park

James Lee Park (Okaloosa County Park)
3510 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin
James Lee Park is at the beach on the Walton/Okaloosa County line. This park has 3 pavilions, 41 picnic tables, 9 dune walkovers, a playground, restrooms with changing rooms, and 166 parking spaces.

Contact Okaloosa County for beach wedding and pavilion reservations at 850.689.5772.
Beach wheelchair service available 850. 689.5772.

John Gorrie Museum State Park

John Gorrie Museum State Park
P.O. Box 267 Apalachicola, FL
850.653.9347
John Gorrie Museum State Park is located on Sixth Street, one block off U.S. 319-98 in Apalachicola, off U.S. 98

Visitor center, interpretive center, museum.

The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

A replica of Gorrie's ice-machine, built from the specifications of his 1851 patent, is on display in the museum.

The Apalachicola River's rich floodplains attracted many settlers during the 1800s and played an important role in the development of the town of Apalachicola.

Liza Jackson Park

Liza Jackson Park
318 Miracle Strip Pky, SW Ft. Walton Beach

1,000 feet of waterfront park with picnic tables, grills, boat ramp, playgrounds, restrooms, covered pavilion, fishing pier and boat ramp.

Marler Park

Marler Park (Bay Front)
Okaloosa Island on Hwy 98

Bay side of Okaloosa Island off Santa Rosa Boulevard. Public beach, swimming, picnic tables, barbecue grills, boat ramp, rest rooms and a bathhouse.

Niceville Dog Park

Niceville Dog Park -- Off Leash Dog Park
Park opens at dawn and closes at 10pm.

4 acre fenced park with shade trees, running space and a continuous flowing dog water station. Please use the park at your own risk. Parents should use caution with small children. Park is located in Niceville off Hwy 85 just north of the soccer/football fields. For additional information, please visit http://www.myspace.com/nicevilledogpark

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier(Gulf front)
Okaloosa Island
850.244.1023

1261 feet fishing pier into the Gulf of Mexico.

Perdido Key State Park

Perdido Key State Park (Gulf Front)
12301 Gulf Beach Highway Pensacola, FL
850.492.1595
Perdido Key State Park is located 15 miles southwest of Pensacola, off S.R. 292.

Perdido Key State Recreation Area is a 247-acre barrier island near Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico. The wide, white, sandy beaches and the rolling sand dunes covered with sea oats make this a pristine oasis along the rapidly developing panhandle.

Beaches, swimming, picnicking, showers and fishing (no camping).
Open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Pine Log State Forest

Pine Log State Forest
715 West 15 Street, Panama City, FL
850.747.5639

Leashed pets allowed. Full facility camping, primitive camping, group/youth camping, showers, swimming, fishing, boat ramp, picnicking, hiking/nature trails, biking, equestrian trails/horseback riding.

Point Washington State Forest

Point Washington State Forest
715 West 15 Street, Panama City, FL
850.747.5639

This forest is located in the panhandle on a strip of land between the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. The forest is accessible through existing roads that provide hiking and mountain bike riding. Leashed pets allowed. Fishing, hiking/nature trails and biking.

ocky Bayou State Park

Rocky Bayou State Park (Bay Front)
4281 Hwy 20 Niceville, Florida
850.833.9144 - reservations accepted
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located five miles east of Niceville on S.R. 20.

Full facility 375-acre recreation area with primitive camping, swimming, boating, boat ramp, canoeing, fishing, hiking/nature trails, picnicking and campfire circle. Forty-Two campsites, with electric and water hookups, are available.  Campsites and picnic shelters overlook scenic Rocky Bayou, an arm of Choctawhatchee Bay. Ranger-guided walks and campfire programs are offered seasonally.

Scenic Highway 30-A Bike Path

Scenic Highway 30-A Bike Path

Safely navigate South Walton's most picturesque roadway on eight-feet wide, off-road bike paths that wind along pristine fresh water lakes, quiet communities, undeveloped woodlands and beach areas. Paths are constructed from Blue Mountain Beach to Inlet Beach, except where pedestrian sidewalks exist. Nine miles are off-road, and a majority of the rest of the 18-mile stretch is connected to the highway.

St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park (Gulf Front)
4607 State Park Lane Panama City, FL
850.233.5140 - reservations accepted
St. Andrews State Park is located three miles east of Panama City Beach, off S.R. 392 (Thomas Drive).

Full facility 1,260-acre park with 176 campsites, two campground loops, primitive camping, swimming, canoeing, snorkeling, diving, picnicking, showers, concession stand, group/youth camping, fishing, boat launch, beaches, two fishing piers, guided tours, recreation area, hiking/nature trails, rock jetties, five large bath houses, laundry facilities and two dump stations.

Campsites are equipped with electricity, water, picnic tables and grills or fire rings. The sites will accommodate camping units ranging in size from tents to rigs up to 40' in length.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Recreation Area
8899 Cape San Blas Road Port St. Joe, FL
850.227.1327 - reservations accepted
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is located near Port St. Joe, off C30-E,  off C30,  off U.S. 98.

Full facility 1,650-acre wilderness preserve with 119 campsites, 30 cabins, primitive camping, group/youth camping, boat tour, showers, boating, boat ramp, saltwater fishing, wilderness hiking, nature trails, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, canoe rentals, guided walks and campfire programs are offered seasonally.

There are 119 campsites with water, picnic tables and grills. Electricity is available on 97 of the sites. Campsites and cabins can be reserved by phone or in person. there is also a special tent camping area for organized, non-profit youth groups.

Eight remote furnished two story elevated cabins with loft. Pets are not allowed in the cabins at any time, registered guide/service animals are permitted wherever their owners are allowed. Reservations accepted up to eleven (11) months in advance.  The use of recreational vehicles, tents, etc., in the cabin area for camping purpose is prohibited. Cabin renters and their guests may anchor or moor boats with motors only in Eagle Harbor or the marina.  No motorized vessels are to be operated on the bay near the cabins. Vessels will maintain a no wake speed within 300 feet of land and will maintain 100 feet between themselves and divers down flags. Vehicles over 2 will have to park in the day use areas.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has miles of white sand beaches, striking dune formations, a heavily-forested interior and a favorable climate for year-round outdoor recreation characterize this peninsular state park. The 2,516-acre park is bounded on three sides by the waters of St. Joe Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Topsail Hill State Preserve

Topsail Hill State Preserve(Gulf front)
7349 W. Hwy 98, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
850.267.1868 - reservations accepted

Full facility 1,600 Gulf front pine forests reserve with nature trails, sand dunes, two freshwater coastal dune lakes, swimming, fishing, picnicking and hiking.

Florida Parks and Trails

A-Z Listing of Inland State Parks Along I-10

Blackwater River State Park
7720 Deaton Bridge Road Holt, FL
850.983.5363 - reservations accepted

Full facility park and recreation area with campground, nature trails, fishing, swimming, boat ramp, picnicking, hiking/nature trails and canoeing. Thirty campsites, with electric and water hookups, are available. Blackwater River State Park is considered one of the purest sandbottom rivers in the world.

Pets with tags and vaccination papers accepted.

Falling Waters State Park

Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road Chipley, FL
850.638.6130 - reservations accepted
Falling Waters State Park is located three miles south of Chipley, off S.R. 77A.

Full facility park with camping, recreation area, group/youth camping, hiking/nature trails, picnicking and swimming. Twenty-four campsites, with electric and water hookups, are available. Falling Waters State Park derives its name from one of Florida's most notable geological features: a 67-foot waterfall.

Florida Caverns State Park

Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Road, Marianna, FL
850.482.9598 - reservations accepted

Florida Caverns State Park is located 3 Miles North of Marianna, Off of U.S. 90 on S.R. 166. From I-10 Take Marianna Exit 20 or 21 North and Follow signs to the park.

Full facility park with camping, group/youth camping, boat tour, canoeing, swimming, fishing, boat ramp, picnicking, hiking/nature trails, visitor center, interpretive center, guided tours, RV hookups, pull through dump station, camping for tents and rigs up to 40' in length with electric, water, a picnic table and a ground grill or fire ring at each site. Full restroom facilities are provided with hot water and showers.

Pets with tags and vaccination papers accepted.

YOUTH CAMPING-A wide opened youth camping area will accommodate up to 32 persons. A small restroom facility and primitive showers are also located within the youth camping area. 2 large fire circles are available to provide a unique group experience. Fees for youth camping are as follows: Adults-$3.00 per night, Children (under 18 years of age)-$2.00 per night. Youth groups must be properly chaperoned with at least 1 adult, 21 years of age or older, for each ten juveniles or fraction thereof. Call for reservation up to 11 months in advance.

Ponce de Leon Springs

Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area (Inland)
2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Road Ponce de Leon, FL
850.836.4281 - reservations accepted
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park Area is located one half mile south of U.S. 90 on C.R,181-A.

The main spring found in the park is actually the coming together of two flows from a limestone cavity. These two flows produce more than 14 million gallons of crystal-clear water daily.

Activities: fishing, swimming, picnicking and nature hikes. Open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Approximately 20 acres have been enhanced with amenities, such as picnic tables and nature trails, for visitors. Rangers conduct seasonal guided walks: but self-guided tours can be taken at leisure.

Three Rivers State Park

Three Rivers State Park
7908 Three Rivers Park Road Sneads, FL
850.482.9006 - reservations accepted
Three Rivers State Park is located on S. R. 271, two miles north of Sneads.

Full facility 682 -acre recreation area park with two miles of shoreline on Lake Seminole at the Florida-Georgia border, camping, boat ramp, fishing, fishing pier, canoeing, picnicking, canoe rentals, dump station, nature trails, group and youth camping. 

Camping is permitted in the Lakeside Camping Area where we have thirty-one beautifully shaded and semi-private campsites available.  Twenty-two of these sites have water and electric.  Both Florida and Georgia are in view from our campsites.  We also offer facilities for group camping in our Highlands Youth Camping Area.

Canoe rentals are also available.

Pets with tags and vaccination papers accepted.

Torreya State Park

Torreya State Park
Route 2, Box 70 Bristol, FL
850.643.2674 - reservations accepted
Torreya State Park is located off S.R. 12. on C.R. 1641, 13 miles north of Bristol.

Full facility park with two primitive campsites, yurts, group/youth camping, primitive camping, fire ring, hiking/nature trails, picnic table with covered shelter, hot showers, clean restrooms, visitor center, interpretive center and guided tours. Supplies available at the Old Barracks Building include soft drink machine, ice, firewood, butane lighters, propane, and insect repellent. Things to bring are bedding and towels, flashlight, food (nearest shopping is 15 miles) and cooking/eating utensils.

Thirty-five campsites, with electric and water hookups, are available.

Torreya's yurt is a 10-foot round, domed tent with flooring, electricity, furnished, lockable wooden door, and three large windows with screens and flaps that open. A Yurt sleeps 5. Features include air conditioning/heating, skylight, futon and bunk twin bed on top, table and chairs, leisure deck.

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