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Grayton Beach State Park, FL

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Grayton Beach SP is located in Santa Rosa Beach on Rt 30-A, about halfway between Panama City and Fort Walton Beach.

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We arrived on a Wednesday with, as usual for us, no reservation. There were several sites available - we were assigned #6. Shaded, but also a bit open, it was a pleasant site. There was a nice opening in the tress through which I had no problem getting a satellite TV signal.

Date of visit: Feb 2007

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Even-numbered sites 8-20 offer nice views of Western Lake behind them. I would highly recommend trying to snag one of them. This is a view of #18.

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There are 37 sites, each with water and 30A hookups. This is #10.

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Site 11 is typical of the rest of the sites. All are very private, level, and a nice mix of shade and sun.

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The bathhouse, located in the middle of the camping loop, is an older one, but it has been updated with heating and a/c.

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Across Western Lake from the campground (in the background) is a boat launch. There are also several rental canoes available.

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The pure white sands of the Gulf Coast are a natural attraction, along with the azure blue waters.

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This shows how broad the beach is. The water was a bit chilly in February, though.

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Along with the wonderful beach for walking, there are also two hiking trails through the dunes and scrub pines.

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Unfortunately, the day we tried the trail, we encountered this submerged portion along Western Lake.

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A view of Western Lake from behind sites 8-20.

Notes

Park Office: 850 231-4210

The camping fee is $19/night, plus taxes. Reservations are made through ReserveAmerica

Hikers can enjoy 2 miles of trails through sand dunes and along the beach..

Verizon Wireless Extended Network is available.

 

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