A Florida Trail Gateway Community – where hikers walk right through the historic downtown – Crestview is located on a high ridge and receives a high amount of rainfall each year.
An oceanfront community in Walton County, Destin has a string of natural lands protecting some of the world’s rarest lakes, the coastal dunes lakes.
98.2 miles. Florida’s largest military reservation was once the Choctawhatchee National Forest, and thanks to more than a century of conservation, the Eglin section includes vast stands of old-growth forests and steephead ravines. Eglin East has a continuous long east-west segment of trail, while Eglin West offers a shorter segment through the sandhills near East Bay.
This 45 mile segment of the Florida Trail through Eglin Air Force Base traverses ravines and old growth forests, an excellent destination for backpacking in Florida’s Panhandle.
One of the largest and oldest communities in Okaloosa County, Fort Walton Beach sits between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, with Eglin Air Force Base to the north.
It’s hard to believe that Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park was once a bombing range! Thank US Air Force Colonel Fred Gannon for the transformation of this upland area hugging the shoreline of Rocky Bayou in Niceville.
With a boardwalk paralleling Four Mile Creek, Harry A. Laird Park is a quiet stop to enjoy a short walk tunneling into the forest at this small City of Freeport park.
It’s been about five years since I stopped in at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville, and this time, the trails were open and ready for business. On my last visit, I was too close on the heels of hurricane damage in the region, and my time was short. Did a full survey […]
Hugging the shoreline of Rocky Bayou, an important aquatic preserve, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park near Niceville has one of the prettiest campgrounds in the Florida State Park system.
Ever since my first visit to Turkey Creek six years ago or so, I’ve come back several times to savor the cool breezes along the boardwalk that parallels this crystalline stream. The creek rises somewhere in the wilds of Eglin Air Force Base and flows through Niceville en route to Choctawahatchee Bay. This city park […]