Grayton Beach State Park encompasses a total area of about 1,988 acres of land and 183 acres of water that is situated in Walton County, Florida and near the town of Grayton Beach on SR 30A which is just south of US 98. This Florida state park was opened to the public in 1968 after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection obtained the land from the Florida Board of Education in 1964.
The beach at this Florida state park is located in one of the oldest townships on Florida's Gulf Coast, is considered to be one of the most pristine beaches in the county and is continuously ranked among the best in the nation. Besides this natural attraction to the park, Grayton Beach State Park has some historical significance as well.
A part of the land where the park is was once home to Army major Charles T. Gray who is known to have been the first settled in the area now known as Grayton Beach. In 1890, Army General William Miller and William Wilson became Gray’s neighbors and mapped out the location of the newly found village’s blocks and streets. They named the town Grayton Beach, after Charles T. Gray.
Besides these attractions, the park has a lot of recreational activities on offer including saltwater fishing, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, bicycling, and interpretive programs. Some of the conveniences that the park has to offer include trails, full-facility campsites, boat ramp, beaches, picnic pavilion, 30 duplex cabins, showers, and an amphitheater.
Dogs are allowed into Grayton Beach State Park, but some rules must be followed. Some basic rules regarding dogs are as follows. First, dog owners must be aware of the areas of the park that they are allowed to explore with their pooch. In the areas of the park that they can venture when with their dog, the dog owner should ensure that the dog is always on a leash (maximum length of the leash should be six feet). Secondly, dog owners must clean up after their dog.