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 of the beautiful trail system here, three loops that offer views of bayou, stream, and cedar forest, and tromped through the campground twice, wishing I had indeed finalized plans to camp here, as it’s one of the nicer ones I’ve encountered. The sites look out over the water but are in deep shade. Whether you’re picnicking, birding, camping, or enjoying the hiking trails (soon to be discussed in depth on Florida Hikes!), this park along SR 20 is worth the stop!
March 6, 2009 Sandra Friend