Deer Lake State Park
Deer Lake State Park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks can be seen in this coastal dune habitat. Rare plants such as Gulf coast lupine, spoonflower, pitcher plants, and Curtiss' sand grass-one of the largest populations found in Florida-are found in the park. Visitors may see splashes of color from summer wildflowers or some of the many species of resident or migratory birds and butterflies. A boardwalk across the dunes offers easy access to the beach where visitors can picnic, swim, and fish. It also offers a spectacular view of the dune ecosystem, one of 11 natural communities found in the park.
The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset year-round.
Bring your bike or your favorite hiking shoes and enjoy the access to Walton County's ten mile walking/biking trail that winds along the coast and goes through many picturesque seaside communities. For the more adventurous take the trails through the natural areas of the park where you can spend minutes or hours enjoying natural Florida.
Fishing is allowed in designated areas.
Visitors can explore the trails through the natural areas of the park where you can spend minutes or hours enjoying natural Florida: the 1-mile Interpretive Forest Loop trail (orange trail) or the 1/2-mile Lake trail (blue trail) with it's scenic overlook of Deer Lake. Both Nature Trails are located on the Northside of County Hwy 30-A, across from the park entrance. The park's 1/4-mile dune boardwalk offers some of the best views of a dynamic dune ecosystem to be found on the Gulf coast.
Or, bring your bike or your favorite hiking shoes and enjoy the access to Walton County's 10-mile paved walking/biking trail that winds along the coast and goes through many picturesque seaside communities. Running the full length of County Road 30A, the 30A bike path, also called the Timpoochee Trail, runs alongside the highway.
Picnic tables are available.
Come and enjoy the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you bring your fishing gear or your beach chair, you will be sure to enjoy the sugar sand beaches along the world's most beautiful beaches. Swimming is available in designated areas.
Deer Lake State Park is located on County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.