D27. Point Washington State Forest
Nearest City: Point Washington
Phone Number: 850-231-5800
Website: D27. Point Washington State Forest
Features/Amenities: Restrooms, Bird by ear/Sites best for those with ability to ID bird calls the area, Seasonal hunting, Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: Morning, Recommended length of visit: a few hours br>
Habitats: Freshwater Swamp, Dry Prairie/Grassland, Pines, River/Stream/Spring/Canal, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Scrub, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
Point Washington State Forest offers 3-, 5- and 10-mile hiking loops through longleaf pine flatwoods, coastal scrub and sandhills. Bachman’s Sparrows are very likely to be heard singing in spring in areas of wiregrass and palmetto in the southern half of the 3-mile loop. The eastern boundary of this loop crosses the west arm of Peach Creek, where you can listen for songbirds and watch for Red-shouldered Hawks. Cooper’s Hawks occasion the flatwoods and Eastern Towhees and Common Yellowthroats are abundant. Trail system connects to Grayton Beach State Park (site # 26) for extended birding adventures. Seasonal hunting takes place at this GFBWT site; please see page 55 for information on dates, regulations and more.
Directions: From the intersection of US 98 and US 331 east of Destin, drive east approx. 3.0 mi. and turn right (south) on CR 395. Trailhead parking is 1.1 mi. on the left (east) side of the road.
Open dawn to dusk.
Location: 30.342148 N, -86.131466 W