Choctawhatchee Bay Loop
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
Contact: Choctawhatchee Bay Loop
Ride Distance: 77 miles
Directions: From Fort Walton Beach: Follow Highway 98 along the south coast to Co Road 283 S. Go Right (South) to Grayton Beach. Take E. Co. Road 30A through Seaside then take a Left (North) on S. Co. Highway 395 until you reach Highway 98. Go Left (West) back to Highway 331/83 and turn Right (North) across Choctawhatchee Bay. At Highway 20 go Left (West) on Highway 20 until it merges with Highway 85 and head South back towards Fort Walton Beach.
Description: Grayton Beach is one of the first destination stop and it is consistently ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the United States. The nearly 2,000-acre park features a boat ramp that provides access to the lake's brackish waters for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Visitors can paddle a canoe or kayak on scenic Western Lake to get a closer look at a salt marsh ecosystem. A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias stand, bent and twisted by the salt winds. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy more than four miles of trails throughout the pine flatwoods. Point Washington State Forest is available to the public for various types of natural-resource based outdoor recreation. The forest is widely used for hunting, off-road bicycling and hiking. Topsail Hill offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. 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.