Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico, Grayton Beach State Park is mostly known for its warm breezes, sandy beaches, and puptacular waves. But, did you know that it also has a freshwater lake just a bone’s throw away from the salty gulf?
As a general rule, dogs are not allowed on the beaches of
Florida State Parks, and Grayton is no exception. But don’t let this keep you
from bringing your pooch here for some fun in the sun. Four legged guests
are welcome on trails and other areas of the park. If you don’t have much time or your
pup wants something short and easy, follow the Barrier Dunes Nature Trail. This
trail takes your pup on a journey through the sand dune ecosystem, across a
salt marsh, and through pine flatwoods. It’s the pawfect way to check out
the park’s wild side.
If your pal is bursting with energy, then the 4.5 mile
hiking/biking trail is more their style. Venture through a coastal forest of
scrub oak and magnolia trees and around the freshwater Western Lake. Notice how
the salty winds have twisted the branches and trunks of the trees. Your pooch will be
pawsitively impressed! Keep your eyes peeled for the local critters, Florida
Black Bear, deer, grey fox, and other creatures call this place home. Remember
this is a multi-use trail, so help your pup yield to cyclists.
Besides its furrific trails, the park also features other
recreational activities like fishing, swimming, canoeing, and bicycling.
If your canine companion wants to stay an extra night or two, grab a spot in
the campground. There are pet friendly sites for both RVs and tents. Day
trippers can make use of the picnic facilities. Always have a clean up bag ready to use and
don’t forget to have plenty of water on hand.
Make no mistake; your pooch will simply go mutts over