South Walton Trails
South Walton is home to more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails with varied levels of difficulty. Some trails are paved and others all natural, so whether you’re looking for a leisurely bike ride or stroll or a heart-pounding, sweat-inducing adventure, there’s a trail for you in South Walton.
1. Scenic Highway 98:
Known as the original beach cruising spot in South Walton, Scenic Gulf Drive (as it’s officially known) is a beachfront roadway in Miramar Beach that offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and South Walton’s sugar-white sands. Biking along Scenic Gulf Drive’s paved multi-use path you’ll enjoy an easy ride, great views and cool ocean breezes.
2375 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach
2. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park:
With 1,600 acres of stunning bald cypress ponds, nature trails that traverse mountainous sand dunes and two freshwater coastal dune lakes, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach offers bike riders plenty of natural beauty and 14 unique plant communities. The park’s trails offer riders a variety of options, both laid back and challenging.
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
3. Timpoochee Trail:
The Timpoochee Trail, named after Timpoochee Kinnard, an influential Chief of the Euchee tribe, is one of the most widely used paved paths in South Walton. Running parallel to Scenic Highway 30A, the 19-mile multi-use path winds its way from Dune Allen in the west to Inlet Beach in the east through 12 of South Walton’s 16 beach communities, while also showcasing views of recreational areas, state parks, the state forest and 15 coastal dune lakes. The trail is paved, protected and mostly level, with just a few Florida hills.
4. Grayton Beach State Park:
With pristine landscapes, picnic areas and bird watching galore, Grayton Beach State Park is a must-see for those exploring South Walton. The trails in the park wind through pine flatwoods and around small freshwater ponds, which are a natural habitat for wading birds.
357 Main Park Road, Santa Rosa Beach
5. Point Washington State Forest:
Covering 15,000 acres, Point Washington State Forest offers explorers more than 27 miles of distinct trails that traverse through longleaf pine flatwoods, wet prairie, coastal scrub swamplands and sand hills.
2447 South County Highway 395, Santa Rosa Beach
6. Deer Lake State Park:
This state park is nestled alongside Deer Lake, a rare coastal dune lake, and presents visitors with splashes of color from the summer wildflowers, plants and various species of birds and butterflies. The 1.5-mile loop trail is located on the north side of Scenic Highway 30A across from the park entrance.
6719 E. Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
7. Alys Beach Nature Trail:
The northern portion of Alys Beach contains a 20-acre nature preserve that provides a quiet and reflective getaway. A .75-acre trail meanders through the preserve, with most of it on an elevated boardwalk that offers views of slash pine forest, cypress trees, open meadows, wiregrass and wildflowers.
140 Charles Street, Alys Beach
8. Watersound Trail:
The Watersound Trail currently connects Walton County and Bay County, running from the Watersound Origins community to the Panama City Beach Conservation Park. The trail can be accessed at Village Commons in Watersound Origins and offers a leisurely stroll on foot or a quiet bike ride through nature.
530 Pathways Drive, Santa Rosa Beach
9. Kellogg Nature Center:
This 10-acre parcel of land was donated to Walton County in 2003 by Mrs. Pat Kellogg to be used as a wildlife nature preserve and nature center. The hiking and biking trail is perfect for bird watching and outdoor recreation as it loops through pine flatwoods connected to Choctawhatchee Bay.
776 E. Nursery Road, Santa Rosa Beach
10. Greenway Trails:
The multi-use trails are located within the Town Center Government Education Complex between J.D. Miller Road and U.S. State Highway 331. The paved trail includes timber bridges, wetlands and native vegetation.
63 South Centre Trail, Santa Rosa Beach
11. Eden Gardens State Park:
Tour the historic Wesley Mansion or just walk among the moss-draped, ancient live oak trees and extensive landscaped grounds that stretch to the Choctawhatchee Bay.
181 Eden Gardens Road, Santa Rosa Beach
Now that you know where to hike and bike in South Walton, be sure that you also know and follow proper trail etiquette: