~Rocky Bayou State Park~

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The Beach
The Beach

Rocky Bayou State Park:

We spent a total of five nights at Rocky Bayou State Park, our first visit to this beautiful state park. The weather wasn’t the best, cloudy, cool and even cold at times. We did have a few hours, here and there, of sunshine!

Rocky Bayou State Park is located in Niceville, Florida, just over the Mid Bay Bridge from Destin and a few miles from Fort Walton Beach. Most of the RV sites, in the park, are either sand or gravel. The sites facing Rocky Bayou are the largest. We stayed in site 33, which was huge and from our front window we could see the Bayou. The park offers something for everyone: there are several very nice nature trails, birding and butterfly watching and you can rent kayaks to paddle around in the bayou. Lots to do in the park!

The only negative aspect of staying at Rocky, for some  people, might be the training flights from Eglin Air Force Base and ammunition detonation, which are very loud and can be heard and felt within the park. I don’t think they train everyday, perhaps every other day!

It did take “the girls” a day or two of adjustment ! It really didn’t bother us too much. We tried not to react to the loud noise so they would stay calm. On one occasion, the noise was tremendous and unexpected and I did react with a few choice words; well that set the girls off – barking their heads off. They really don’t bark or react to things, but they reacted to my outburst this time!!

We did travel a few times over the Mid Bay Bridge to Destin, which by the way cost $3.00 each way. I have to say the beaches in Destin are beautiful. The sand is white and the landscape pristine.

I really enjoyed our walks on the beach; however, I didn’t enjoy the commercialization of the area. Way too crowded for us! Returning to the park, after being in the congestion, was truly appreciated and brought back a sense of peace.

On one of our outings over the Mid Bay Bridge we drove through Henderson State Park, which was beautiful; a must stay on a return trip. We also drove through Top Sail Preserve State Park/Gregory E, Moore RV Resort, which was in a very nice location, but we felt was too crowded for us. The cost to stay at this park is $47.00 a night plus tax!!

We enjoyed a couple of nice lunches at local restaurants, some grocery shopping at Fresh Market (what a selection of fresh fish and seafood they have) and our visit to the Air Force Museum was fabulous! Four days probably wasn’t enough time to get a feel for the area.

A few additional photos from our visit.

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The Gulf Beaches

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Sunlight on the Water
Sunlight on the Water
Sand Dunes
Sand Dunes
Pristine sand
Pristine sand
Gulf Waves
Gulf Waves
Here come the Lifeguards!
Here come the Lifeguards!
All decked out!
All decked out!
Pelicans in Flight
Pelicans in Flight
A Pier
A Pier
Wildlife Protection
Wildlife and Habitat protection area
The Bay Side
The Bay Side

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The Woods

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A hiking path at Rocky Bayou State Park
A hiking path at Rocky Bayou State Park
This stuff covers the forest floor.
This stuff covers the forest floor.
Moss and Ferns
Moss and Ferns

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The  Park

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Boat Ramp and Pier
Boat Ramp and Pier

We enjoyed our first visit to Rocky Bayou State Park and will return! We are currently staying, a few nights, at a state park in Alabama (yes, we have finally traveled out of the state of Florida!) called Meaher State Park, which is located in Spanish Fort (near Mobile). This is our first time to stay at this state park and our first day has been wonderful!

Live in the Now

15 thoughts on “~Rocky Bayou State Park~”

  1. Your “girls” are so gorgeous. I’m sure they enjoyed the woods. Were they allowed to run on the beach? Beautiful photos, Sheila. It does sound as though you needed a pair of earplugs at times. 🙂

    1. Sylvia, I sure hope you are enjoying your trip! My girls love, love, love a nice walk. The Sibe girl will go down a path just once a remember where it was and want to go again. She loves her hikes. The little one probably could do without the longer walks, depending on the weather. She gets hot quicker so we are always aware of any discomfort they might be experiencing. They were not allowed on the gulf beach, but on the ocean side (Hobe Sound) there were plenty of places where you can bring your dogs! Yep, earplugs would have some in handy. It did not last long, but we were close! Have a great day!

    1. Good Morning LuAnn, Henderson Beach State Park seems like a great place to stay for a few days. We noticed lots of birding activity there. However, not a lot of hiking trails. Which we love!! I guess Early March can be cooool! We just hit several days of rain and cloudy weather in Niceville. Eastbank, was lovely!

      Here near Mobile it is 60 and sunny. I am looking out my dining window watching a Gator swimming in the Bay!!

      Have a lovely day!!!

  2. Oh, Sheila, I r-e-l-a-x–d just reading your post and looking at your photos. Thanks for the beautiful journal. I’m glad your having some nice weather for your visit to Alabama. And, wow, you saw a gator. I didn’t see any during my two months in Louisiana!

    1. Mary-Pat, I wanted to quickly tell you, if you are still in Tucson, to check out Kitt Peak!!! We went there and I got to look thru a solar telescope! It was awesome!

  3. Great ideas for places to visit! After living in Tucson with Pima AFB and Mukilteo WA near Whidbey Island AFB; we got “use” to the sound of the fighter jets. I will always remember a billboard on Whidbey that read “Please Excuse our Noise; it’s the Sound of Freedom”. Can’t explain that to the “girls” with their sensitive hearing. Sometimes you can feel the rumble; probably caused them some anxiety! Love the blog & your travels! K

    1. Hi Karla, I do believe the sign and I really like it:
      “It is the sound of Freedom”

      I am still working on my post/photos from the Air Force Museum.

      I am very glad you enjoy the blog! The dates are getting near for us to schedule!!!

    1. Hi Marshall, it is a lovely park if you enjoy state parks and being in the woods! We love these types of parks! They have two washers and two dryers. Lots to do in the area!

      Make sure you get a reservation!

  4. Hi Sheila, I do agree with your assessment…Destin is way too commercialized! And the prices at Top Sail have gone thru the roof!

    Your pictures are beautiful…I do miss the sandy white beaches there! And oh those dunes and sea oats….

    Safe travels!

    1. Hi Gay! Yes, the beaches were beautiful. Top Sail was over the Top!!!! We leave Spanish Fort Wednesday morning heading to my brother and sister-in-laws! Hopefully, while there we will see a new foal born!!!

  5. That sand looks so inviting. You’ve stayed at some real beauties this winter. I too would take a pass on that $47 a night park and the heavy commercialization. Safe travels back to Colorado.

    1. Hi Ingrid! So very nice to hear from you. I hope you are fully recovered from your flu! I have been checking your blog!

      Yes, I can truly say we have had a great time out this season! Several new state parks along with our favorites.

      We are also looking forward to being back in Colorado! We are planning a trip out west this summer. Have already made plans for July on the Oregon Coast! Should be fun!

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