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Deer Lake State Park Guide

Traveling to Florida’s 30A is a chance for travelers from across the map to indulge their interests of all types! Here, the weather is just right, the sun shines abundantly and options to explore charming coastal communities abound. Whether you’re one for time on the shoreline or you’re looking to shop and dine your way through a stay, 30A is brimming over with options for fun and entertainment. When getting out and making the most of scenic terrain is exactly your vacation style, you won’t want to miss our Deer Lake State Park guide. 

Deer Lake State Park Guide

A sister park to Grayton Beach State Park, Deer Lake State Park is a pristine swatch of protected land that’s as lush as it is welcoming to visitors. A stop here is an opportunity to explore stunning coastlines as well as rare coastal dune lakes within the park’s boundaries. Outside of South Walton, these one-of-a-kind dune lakes only exists in Australia, New Zealand, and Madagascar, making a stop here that much more meaningful. In addition to delightful waterways, Deer Lake State Park visitors can enjoy terrain that’s dotted with scrub oaks, woody goldenrod, and Southern magnolias just to name a few.  

Those with a passion for rare plants will love the fact that Deer Lake State Park is packed with species like spoonflower, pitcher plants, and Gulf Coast Lupine. If you’re dropping by during the summer months, wildflowers also abound across the park, drawing in everything from migratory birds to butterflies. To get a closer look, be sure to take a stroll across the boardwalk that traverses a collection of dunes and provides a beautiful overview of the shoreline where visitors can enjoy a picnic as well.


What to Do While You’re Here

Deer Lake State Park is packed with options for exploration and adventure. Visitors can spend time swimming or paddleboarding on the water as well as hiking the many nature trails this park hosts. Wildlife viewing is a popular option for Deer Lake State Park guests, while fishing and birding rank at the top of the list too.  

Plan a Visit with our Guide to Deer Lake State Park

Guests can enjoy time at Deer Lake State Park year-round between 8:00 am and sundown daily. It’s $3 per vehicle for those planning on parking and $2 per person for pedestrians and cyclists. The park is located at 6350 E. County Road 30A in Santa Rosa and on-site amenities include restrooms, picnic pavilions, ADA-accessible ramps, and easy beach access. This is a pet-friendly park as long as canine companions remain leashed. 

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