In the middle of the Florida Panhandle, nestled between the South Walton communities of Grayton Beach [http://www.destinrealestatesales.com/grayton-beach.php ] and Seaside [http://www.gulfcoastrealestatesales.com/seaside-real-estate.php], lies Grayton Beach State Park [http://www.floridastateparks.org/graytonbeach/], one of the Emerald Coast’s most beautiful and pristine beach environments. Tall, rolling dunes of brilliant white sugar-soft sand gradually flatten into a wide beautiful beach that stretches down to some of the greenest, clearest water on the Gulf. Nothing less than idyllic, the beach at Grayton Beach State Park is renowned as one of the most beautiful natural beaches in the United States and attracts flocks of sun worshippers year round.
Perennially appearing on lists of America’s finest beaches, Grayton Beach is just one of several fascinating ecosystems that coexist in the 2,200-acres that comprise Grayton Beach State Park. Hiking and biking trails meander through towering dunes, past gnarled stands of scrub oak and fragrant pine flatwoods, around fresh-water ponds and through a salt marsh. The different environments are home to a diverse population of birds and wildlife. A walk along the Hobbit Hole trail takes you to the top of the dunes where you can enjoy panoramic views of one of the most famous vistas on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Kayakers and canoers can explore 100-acre Western Lake, the second largest coastal dune lake in the Panhandle, where sightings of blue herons, cattle egrets, royal terns, and laughing gulls are common. The park also offers picnicking, camping, and surf and freshwater fishing. Showers and a boat ramp are also available.
The nearby towns of Grayton Beach, WaterColor Beach and Seaside offer a variety of housing choices and many delightful restaurants. To find out more about housing availability near Grayton Beach State Park, contact your Destin Realtor today.