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Grayton Beach State Recreation Area
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Grayton Beach State Recreation Area
Description - Grayton Beach State Recreation Area's name comes from the neighboring township of Grayton Beach, one of the oldest townships along the Gulf of Mexico in Walton County.

Obtained through a land lease from the Florida Board of Education in 1964, Grayton Beach was dedicated and opened in 1968.

Salt spray and wind pruning, two of nature's landscaping tools, are seen everywhere. What sometimes appears to be "bushes" in the dunes are often full-size slash pines and southern magnolia trees with only their tops protruding from the drifting sand. Also found within the park boundaries are pine flatwoods and scrub. Scenic Western Lake is ringed by extensive salt marsh.

Attractions - Visitors to Grayton Beach State Recreation area will join the numerous shorebirds who love to search for live morsels washed upon the Gulf's emerald edge. Other wildlife enjoying the 1.7-miles of beach is the sea turtles that often nest here during the summer months. Foot traffic is prohibited on sand dunes and in nesting areas. A relatively quaint 37-site campground awaits at the edge of Western Lake. Full-service amenities and ranger-led talks entertain campers around the campfire. The park provides a boat ramp for anglers and boaters. Saltwater species are caught in the surf, while both fresh and saltwater fish are caught in the lake's brackish water. A nature trail winds among coastal habitat. An accompanying brochure describes the plant communities. Picnicking is enjoyed at the park in several locations. A pavilion overlooking the Gulf is reservable. Swimming along the one mile of shoreline is very popular for visitors.

Located north of State Route 30-A, the park owns approximately 1,000 acres. Less than one mile west of the park lays another state-owned parcel. At both tracts, visitors can look to the near future for more hiking, biking, and beach activities.

Recreation - Grayton Beach State Recreation Area offers hiking, swimming, salt and freshwater fishing, sunbathing, camping, and picnicking.

Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Grayton Beach State Park is one of Florida's panhandle state park beaches. The park is on State Route 30-A, south of U.S. Highway 98.


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Filed By: Tori Kinlaw (Knoxville, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I use to live in Grayton beach with my dad David.All I can remember are the beaches always awaking me in the morning with the sun shining bright on my face.Evrytime I think back about it I just wish I could go back.and I wanted to sat HEY!!!!!!! to all of the workers there that rember me and my dad and brothers and I love ya'll all! -Tori Kinlaw & Family

Filed By: Tammie Scarbrough (Knoxville, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Just returned from camping at Grayton Beach State Park yesterday and did not want to leave! The beach there is incredibly beautiful. My children had never been to the Florida panhandle and were in awe of the crystal clear water and white sand. Definitely want to go back. Great places to eat are Village Market in Seagrove (a little grocery store with a restaurant in the back, at blinking light in Seagrove, right past Seaside. Great food.) Also, Piccolo's The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. Great food and lots of it but they don't take credit cards, just cash or check, and no separate checks for big groups. Go very early as the wait at 5:20 was already an hour. Very popular place.

Filed By: K S Harrington
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We've camped in FL state parks for the past 16 years. Nearly every year we visit Grayton. We enjoy the quiet,being able to bicycle in and out of the campground. A screen tent for extra shade is very helpful at this park. A very early beach walk one year provided a lifetime memory of watching two large porpoise (dolphins?) feeding in the surf!


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Contact Information:
Grayton Beach State Recreation Area, 357 Main Park Road , Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459, Phone: 850-231-4210

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Northwest Florida - Sugar white sand, emerald green waters, intriguing geological formations, natural springs, rich history, charming villages, miles of caves, and yearly festivals come together offering the vacationer endless outdoor recreation in Northwest Florida.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.

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