Grayton Beach State Park protects one in a chain of rare coastal dune lakes with freshwater mere yards from the Gulf of Mexico. Nature trails introduce you to the rugged barrier island dunes and the pine flatwoods around the lake.
Location: Santa Rosa Beach
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome except on beach
Emerald waters and sparkling sands entice day trippers and campers to this beachfront park, but the more important role of Grayton Beach State Park is preservation of one of Florida’s coastal dune lakes, Western Lake. A freshwater lake that empties into the Gulf of Mexico, it’s a rare geologic anomoly.
Paddle across Western Lake, frolic in the surf, follow the bike trail into the woods, or just lie on the beach – it’s up to you, with cabins and breezy camping enabling you to enjoying the heart of 2,000 acres of public land in the midst of a very built-up coastline along CR 30A.