Looking for some place local with access to paved and off-road cycling trails? Then look no farther than Grayton Beach State Park on Scenic Hwy 30A. Located between Panama City and Destin, this one-stop destination offers miles of off-road trails starting at the Grayton Beach State Park and continuing through Point Washington Forest. The lake loop trail at Grayton is particularly scenic and even offers a picnic table for those wishing to stop and take a break.
For those wishing to push on and clock more miles, the trail empties out on Hwy 395 near the Point Washington Nature Trails where cyclists can dive back into trail riding or follow the paved bike path down to Seaside and Watercolor. Approximate distance from Grayton off-road to Point Washington and down 30A is 11 miles. Pack a picnic lunch or stop at one of the many restaurants along the way. Be sure to bring a towel in case a cooling dip in the Gulf is in order after a hot bike ride.
The off-road trails themselves are relatively easy for even novice riders, however, a word of caution: be sure to pack a spare inner tube and portable inflation device. There are sand burrs and cactus along the trails that are capable of puncturing a tire and it’s a long walk to the bike shop in Seaside if it should happen on the trail. Plan ahead and have a trouble-free ride.