Emily Nurrenbrock
Professional Photographer/Graphic Designer
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Grayton Beach State Park

Hidden away from the busy beach towns you find popping up everywhere on the Florida coast, one will find Grayton Beach State Park, just about 30 minutes from Destin, FL. We visited this park in late October, experiencing 60 degree weather and overcast skies. Which, fortunately, makes for some of the best photographs!

Sand Dunes  at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Sand Dunes at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Lush forest fo und at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Lush forest found at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Unfortunately, we did not hang out on the beach too long, due to the red tide still looming. We chose to drive past the beach entrance and found a small hiking trail that looped around the dunes. We found that for visitors, this trail was the only way to full view the dunes, as park management had roped off some of the other pathways to preserve the landscape.

Forest  at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Forest at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Hiking Trail  at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Hiking Trail at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

The hiking trail was so quiet; unlike anything else you’d see around Destin, FL. The trail walks you around a scenic pond, and through a small forest of vegetation. There are signs mentioning the presence of alligators, but we didn’t see any!

Monarch  at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Monarch at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

I have never seen so many monarchs in my life—they were feeding on the wild flowers throughout the park. There were hundreds just flying around, and they weren’t very afraid of people, either! This one let me get close enough to snap a picture.

Self Portrait  at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

Self Portrait at Grayton Beach State Park, FL

The entrance fee to Grayton Beach State Park is only $5 per car. Not bad, and you’re supporting the parks! If you’re in Destin, FL and looking for a serene spot focusing on the natural beauty of Florida, check this one out.