Along the South Walton coast, Grayton Beach State Park preserves special treasures—not just a waterfront with emerald waves and sparkling sand, but a rare coastal dune lake with freshwater mere feet from the sea.
The trail system introduces you to a coastal dune lake and its surrounding habitats. Start with the Barrier Dunes Nature Trail, which begins at the parking area and leads up into the rolling dunes and their cover of maritime hammock. Drop down and follow the Pine Woods Loop, which traverses a boardwalk along the lake before looping back through the slash pines towards the beach. Together, these trails offer an excellent interpretive overview of these forests by the sea.
Location: Grayton Beach
Length: 0.8 mile
Type: Two loops
Fees / Permits: state park entrance fee
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Bug factor: low to moderate
This is a spectacular spot to enjoy the beach. Plan to spend the day! There is also a paved 4-mile linear hiking/biking trail through the park, as well as a campground and rental cabins.
Along SR 30A west of Seaside and east of Grayton Beach. SR30A runs south of and parallel to US 98 between Destin and Panama City Beach to provide access to the beaches of South Walton.