Florida’s Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is one of the Emerald Coast’s hidden gems. Nestled on the Rocky Bayou Aquatic Preserve, a vital part of Choctawhatchee Bay, this waterfront park spans over 357 acres, offers waterfront camp sites, a double lane boat launch, three hiking trails, picnic tables, pavillions and a playground. The park is conveniently located near Bluewater Bay, Destin, and Niceville.
Fun activities include kayaking and canoeing on the bayou to explore nearby Rocky Creek and Choctawhatchee Bay, fishing, swimming, jet skiing, boating and paddle boarding. Love the water but don’t have a boat? No problem. Kayaks are available for rent at the park.
Land lovers can explore Red Cedar Trail, Rocky Bayou Trail and the Sand Pine Trail as it meanders past seven-and-a-half acre, freshwater Puddin Head Lake. These trails take hikers through a variety of habitats allowing visitors to see the many different interesting plants and animals that live along the Rocky Bayou Aquatic Preserve.
The park offers 42 campsites with electric and water hookups . Located within walking distance is a modern bathhouse with heat and air. All the amenities one needs after a long day relaxing and playing on the water. Enjoy the evening sitting around the campfire, or pull on a fresh set of clothes and take a short drive out to one of the nearby cities to soak up some local atmosphere.