While visiting Santa Rosa Beach, Florida you’ll naturally want to spend time walking along the sandy beach. But after you’ve visited the Emerald Coast and taken in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you may wish to sample more of the area’s natural beauty in less obvious places. Fortunately, Santa Rosa Beach has a number of outdoor recreational options.
Just west of Santa Rosa Beach near US Highway 98 and off of West County Highway 30A is the entrance to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The entry allows access to the Gregory E. Moore RV Resort, but the roads will take you back to Campbell Lake, a dune lake, or they’ll provide you access to the beach. The resort features amenities such as a swimming pool, camping, biking, birding, and bicycling. The endangered Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse is native to the area.
Point Washington State Forest dominates the land use east of the town. Visitors use the forest for hunting, off-road bicycling, and hiking. There are numerous trails made up of 3.5, 5, or 10 mile loops along the Eastern Lake Trail System. It’s accessible from County Road 395. While hiking, keep an eye out for the American kestrel, gopher tortoise, Curtiss sandgrass, flatwoods salamander, and white-topped pitcher plant.
If you’re looking for something a little less adventurous and nearer to town, there’s the Helen McCall Park south of US Highway 98 on Moll Drive. This small neighborhood park is mostly dominated by a playground with slides, climbing opportunities, and swing sets. There’s also a water sprinkling system. The adults can sit in the shade at a picnic table or in the pavilion where there are grills available. There are a number of baseball diamonds, a football field, and soccer pitches for sports fans to get in a little practice.
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