Each Thanksgiving we look forward to visiting our youngest son, Drew, in Fort Walton Beach. Rocky Bayou State Park is our home base while there and we enjoy both our family time as well as this beautiful state park. Thanksgiving usually fills the park and due to a late reservation we ended up arriving on Thanksgiving Day.
You’ll also notice in the pictures link below, the first two pictures taken at the Interstate 10 Florida Rest Area at Mile Marker 161. A beautiful pit stop and stopover for lunch…maybe the prettiest in Florida.
You’ll like Rocky Bayou and also enjoy its location just inside Choctawhatchee Bay from Santa Rosa Island, Okaloosa Island, Destin and Seaside. Within an hour drive, or less, are Henderson Beach State , Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, Deer Lake State Park and St. Andrews State Park along the Gulf of Mexico and to the north, Blackwater River State Park , Falling Waters and Three Rivers and Torreya State parks.. You could spend months exploring all these beautiful and historically significant state parks in the Florida panhandle.
Again, early reservations are unfortunately necessary.
More pictures below.