Walton County

Walton County is located in Northwest Florida in the Panhandle bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama and Okaloosa, Holmes, Washington and Bay Counties. 

Walton County was established in 1824 from a portion of Escambia County and named for Col. George Walton, secretary of the Territory of West Florida from 1821-22 and Combined Territory of Florida from 1822-26. 

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Population - 2000
40,601
Population - 2010
55,043
Population - 2015 Est
60,687
Land Area (sq mi)
1,038
Water Area (sq mi)
202
Total Area (sq mi)
1,240
Average Rainfall
66
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
53

Eden Garden State Park is one of the beautiful state parks Florida has to offer with a long fascinating history dating back to 1890.  One of the interesting things about this park is the two-story house which guest can tour. This house, although renovated has been around since 1897; a must go to for history lovers or just for families looking for activities to do on a free afternoon!

Grayton Beach State Park is a 2200 acre park featuring beautiful natural beaches with rolling dunes covered in sea oats and snowy white sand along emerald waters. Located between Panama City Beach and Destin in the Northwest Region of Florida right next to the town of Seaside. Grayton Beach State Park is Florida at it's most natural state with nature trails, nature trails, boating, fishing (both saltwater and freshwater), and swimming. 

Enjoy the beautiful beach line of the Gulf of Mexico when you visit the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. This 1,640 acre park is teeming with wildlife, and is home to a variety of different habitats, perfect for wildlife viewing. From the beach to freshwater coastal dune lakes, longleaf pine forests to wetlands, Topsail has something for everyone. Enjoy 3.2 miles of white sand beach right on the Gulf of Mexico. Swim in the emerald green water, or try your hand at fishing. Saltwater fishing is a popular activity at Topsail. You could catch a pompano, or a king mackerel. Or head on over to the freshwater dune lakes and see if you can catch a bass or freshwater catfish. Fishing not your thing? Visitors are also able to kayak or paddleboard on the water. 

Walton County School District is committed to academic excellence among its students and holds high expectations for all students and staff in order to meet this goal. As a result of these expectations, the district is among the top performing school districts in the state. This is evident by Walton County School District maintaining the State Board of Education’s Academically High Performing School District designation for seven consecutive years. The school district presides over 20 different schools ranging from pre-K to twelfth grade.

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Chautauqua Vineyards takes a different approach to getting customers in. By inviting them and allowing them to see the process of how wine is made live, and creating a learning opportunity for all. They specialize in muscadine variety grapes and wine.

Their vineyard is 40 acres and has various kinds of muscadine grapes growing such as Carlos and Noble. They are a part of a sister store and their Chautauqua wines are sold there as well.

Idyll Hounds Brewing is a company out of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida that believes in the poetic nature of brewing something with quality ingredients, inspiring good conversation in good people. They have adopted a community lifestyle and are churning out some of the finest beers in the panhandle. Although they are yet a young company, they have already graced their followers with styles ranging from stouts to sours and have continuously made due on their promises of quality. 

 

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For more than 30 years, this bookstore has been serving the panhandle with all kinds of local and non-local books. With a great atmosphere and a location near the shore, this is the best place to find your perfect beach read.

Vue on 30a is a restaurant located in the south of Walton county and it is considered to be one of the best waterfront dining experiences around Florida. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and happy hour throughout the week as well as brunch on Sundays. The venue is renowned for its stunning panoramic beach view, excellent service, and live music during happy hours. On the other hand, the venue welcomes private events and wedding reservations as the location is perfect for the experience of small cozy weddings or a happy retirement party.

In Walton County, park goers have a wide number of options to choose from. Youth Sports Programs, Morrison Springs, and Padgett Park offer a diverse number of ways to spend your afternoon. 

The Walton County Library has four branches in Defuniak Springs, Freeport, Santa Rosa Beach, and Flowersview.

GCCHEA, a Christian homeschool group, is one of the largest homeschool groups in the area. A large close-knit community of homeschoolers in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties offers an extensive forum and activities planned by the members.