An oceanfront community in Okaloosa County on Santa Rosa Island, Destin is a busy tourist destination on a deep water inlet across from Oklaloosa Island. It sits to the west of a string of natural lands protecting some of the world’s rarest lakes, the Coastal Dune Lakes, most of which are in adjoining Walton County. They are freshwater bodies that flush out to the sea sporadically. Large bays punctuate this coast, providing even more shoreline for hiking.
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|Eden Gardens State Park |
At Eden Gardens State Park, lush cultivated gardens surround the historic Wesley House, a restored antebellum plantation home built by timber baron William Henry Wesley in 1897.
|Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park |
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park preserves upland areas along the shores of Rocky Bayou in Niceville, with spectacular views of the water from the campground and trails.
|Grayton Beach State Park |
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.
|Henderson Beach Nature Trail |
Showcasing a ridge of dunes in Destin, the nature trail at Henderson Beach State Park leads you through bright sands in coastal scrub and maritime forest.
|Henderson Beach State Park |
There's a reason this is called the Emerald Coast, and you'll know why as soon as the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico catch your eye. They make a strong contrast to the sugar-white strand and tall dunes protected by Henderson Beach State Park.
|Rocky Bayou Nature Trails |
With 3.3 miles of hiking in three loop trails above the shoreline of Rocky Bayou, the trails of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park offer gentle breezy walks
|Topsail Hill Preserve Hiking Trails |
Protecting more than 3 miles of oceanfront on the Gulf of Mexico, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has an extensive day hiking trails system with over 15 miles of hiking.
|Topsail Hill Preserve State Park |
With one of Florida's most beautiful sweeps of beach, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is a linear preserve with tall dunes along three miles of shoreline.
|Tucker Bayou Trail |
At Eden Gardens State Park, the Tucker Bayou Trail starts and ends at the Tucker Bayou picnic area and leads you through dense forests above the bayou.
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