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FREE Day Use of Two South Walton State Parks


Continuing what has become a summer tradition in South Walton, the Walton County Tourist Development Council is covering the cost of entry at two of area’s most popular state parks to increase available parking for beach-goers during the peak summer season as well as raise awareness of the variety of eco-tourism activities in our area.  

From now until Labor Day, the public will enjoy FREE day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The free day-use admission is available now through Labor Day to visitors and residents during normal operating hours, generally 8 a.m. to sunset.

Trying to decide which park to visit? Here are some highlights:

Topsail Hill State Preserve

One of the area’s most diverse state parks, Topsail Hill State Park offers a tram that runs from the day use parking lot to the beach every hour on the hour. Park features include:  
-3.2 miles of secluded white sand beaches
- Tallest dunes on the Emerald Coast up to 25 feet tall
- 3 rare coastal dune lakes
- 10 miles of marked hiking trails that meander along and through old-growth long leaf pines, sand pine scrub, a variety of wetlands, lakes and beaches.

Grayton Beach State Park  

One of the area’s largest state parks, Grayton Beach State Park is a 2000-acre park located along Scenic Highway 30A.  
-     Overlooks Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake that is great for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing.
-     A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias stand create a scenic landscape.
-     4-miles of trails through the pine flatwoods
-     Miles of white sand beaches
-     Artificial reef for snorkeling located approximately one mile off shore

Ready to book your next South Walton or Destin beach vacation? View our collection of beach vacation rentals online, including well-appointed condos at Sanctuary at Redfish on 30A near Grayton Beach State Park and villas, cottages and condo rentals at Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort near Topsail Hill State Preserve. 

Or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652. 

See you @ the beach!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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