Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is a hidden gem located in the Florida Panhandle. The park is only a $3 toll away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Destin Florida and some of the whitest, crunchest sand I have ever seen or walked upon.
One of the park’s main attractions is its beautiful bayou. Visitors can rent kayaks or canoes and explore the bayou’s calm waters.
The bayou is also home to a variety of fish, so fishing is another popular activity.
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The park is also home to a campground, which is a great option for us looking to spend a night or two surrounded by nature and these beautiful beaches. The campground offers both tent and RV sites, as well as amenities such as showers, restrooms, washer and dryers and a playground. We found most of the sites level and spacious.
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One of the unique features of this park is the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. The museum showcases the history of the CCC and its work in creating many of the parks and public lands throughout the country during the Great Depression. Visitors can learn about the history of the CCC and see artifacts and photos from the era.
Trails to hike within the park
- Rocky Bayou Trail: This trail is a 3.5-mile loop that winds through the forest and offers beautiful views of Rocky Bayou. The trail is relatively flat and is suitable for all skill levels. We hiked this trail and loved it.
- Sand Pine Trail: This trail is a 1-mile loop that takes visitors through a sand pine forest. The trail offers views of several native plants, including wiregrass and saw palmetto.
- Red Cedar Trail: This trail is a 1-mile loop that takes visitors through a red cedar forest. The trail is relatively flat and is suitable for all skill levels.
- Turkey Oak Trail: This trail is a 0.5-mile loop that takes visitors through a turkey oak forest. The trail is relatively flat and is suitable for all skill levels.
- Jackson Trail: This trail is a 0.5-mile loop that takes visitors through a hardwood forest. The trail offers views of several native plants, including southern magnolia and American holly.
- Sinkhole Trail: This trail is a 0.2-mile loop that takes visitors to a large sinkhole. The sinkhole is approximately 20 feet deep and is a popular spot for photography.
- The park also has several multi-use trails that are suitable for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. These trails are marked with yellow blazes and are open year-round. Visitors are advised to stay on designated trails to avoid damaging the park’s delicate ecosystems.
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Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The National Park Pass will also allow access to all the national monuments. If you plan on being in any of the National Parks more than three times within a year then you will save money. The pass will sometimes allow discounts to camping in the National Forest 🌳. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping threw out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility which can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees. “I Don’t Need Therapy, I Just Need To Go Camping.”
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Our thoughts 💭 Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park –
Overall, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is a great destination for anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the area’s natural and cultural history. The park is close to beaches, the trails are enjoyable, and the fishing 🎣 is good.This campground and park has something to offer everyone.
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