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State Parks Near Destin Florida


Henderson State Park – (850) 837-7550 FREE (850) 837-7550
Located on Emerald Coast Pkwy in Destin.
Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of scenic shoreline border the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing, while protecting the fragile coastal dunes. Hiking along the nature trail provides visitors a rare glimpse of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife. Full facility campsites have access to an air-conditioned and heated bathhouse facility, a separate beach access boardwalk with outdoor showers, and a playground. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Campers can enjoy a breathtaking view of dolphins leaping through the Gulf waters at sunset – the perfect ending for a day at the beach.
Website:www.floridastateparks.org/hendersonbeach/default.cfm

Eden State Gardens – (850) 231-4214 FREE (850) 231-4214
Ancient Moss-draped live oaks dominate the lawns. Camellias and azaleas offer colorful accents to the scene from October through May; enjoy the peak bloom around mid- March. 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 nominal fee is charged for tours. A picnic area with adjacent parking is available at the old mill site on Tucker Bayou.
Website:www.floridastateparks.org/edengardens/

Point Washington State Forest – Trail System
Highway 395, running north from Seagrove Beach to Eden State Gardens in Point Washington is near the center of the 15,000 acre State Forest. Hiking and biking trails crisscross the area, once prime habitat for Black Bear and Wild Boar.
Website:www.fl-dof.com/forest_recreation/

Topsail Hill State Park – (877) 232-2478 FREE (877) 232-2478
Located on Scenic 30A just West of Dune Allen Beach and East of Sandestin.
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Topsail Hill State Preserve is named after Topsail Hill, a high, picturesque dune standing 25 feet above sea level. Biking, Swimming, Fresh water fishing, Nature trails, Picnic areas.
Website:www.floridastateparks.org/topsailhill/default.cfm

Grayton Beach State Park – (850) 231-4210 FREE (850) 231-4210
Located on Scenic 30A just East of Grayton Beach.
Facilities available include a pavilion, public restrooms, camping area, picnic areas and a boat ramp to Western Lake. Canoe rentals for lake tours are available.
Website:www.floridastateparks.org/graytonbeach/default.cfm