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Eden Gardens State Park

 Activities at Eden Gardens State Park

Boating

Boating

Limited boating is available at Eden Gardens State Park, due to the fact that we are located on Tucker Bayou. Eden Gardens has no public boat ramps, no canoe launch facilities, although we have a small tie up or fishing stake. The end of County Road 395 does offer a public boat ramp facilities maintained by Walton County. Caution is advised to any boater not familiar with these waters. Tucker Bayou is a relatively shallow body that provides a connection to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Choctahatchee Bay, and the River. The Bayou is shallow. The pass that connects the Bayou to the Bay is called the shallows and is not maintained for vessel navigation. Boaters not experienced with these waters are advised to avoid attempting to navigate the shallows. Best access to deeper waters is to enter the Intracoastal on the east of Tucker Island then head east toward west bay or west toward the Choctawhatchee Bay. Any craft that runs aground is the responsibility of the craft's owner. Recommended boating opportunities are limited to smaller craft: sea kayaks, canoes, fishing skiffs (John Boats), pontoon boats, ski boats, bass boats. Larger vessels may not find it possible to launch into the shallow waterway.

Fishing

Fishing

 

Eden Gardens is located on Tucker Bayou off the southeast corner of the Choctawhatchee Bay, and is saltwater.  We have a seawall that allows access for fishing visitors during the park’s normal operating hours and a new ADA-accessible fishing pier will opening soon.

Gardens

Gardens

The focal point of this park is a beautifully renovated, two-story house with elegant white columns and wrap-around porch. Surrounded by moss-draped live oaks and ornamental gardens, the Wesley house inspires visions of hoop skirts and landed gentry. The main attractions are the ornamental gardens on the mansion’s grounds. Camellias and azaleas offer colorful displays October through May with peak blooming around March. There is also a heritage rose garden, butterfly garden and reflection pond filled with Koi and lilies.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Approximately 1 mile of hiking trails allow access to the natural areas west of the ornamental gardens.  Detailed trail maps are available at the ranger station.  The trailhead starts at the north end of the new picnic area and is well marked.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive exhibits are available

Meetings & Retreats

Meetings & Retreats

The park's pavilion and designated areas of the grounds are available to rent. Call (850) 267-8320 for more information.

Picnicking

Picnicking

The grounds, gardens and picnic area are open daily from 8 a.m. until sundown. There are picnic tables scattered throughout the ornamental gardens including our new ADA-accessible table near the Rosa Garden.  For larger groups, we have four picnic pavilions in the natural area that each have a grill and four picnic tables.  Two of the pavilions are ADA accessible and restroom facilities are close by.

Weddings

Weddings

Interested in having a wedding at Eden Gardens State Park? The pavilion and designated areas of the grounds are available for rent. Please call (850) 267-8320 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CST for more details.

If you call at another time, please leave a message. The Wedding Coordinator will return your call when she is in the office.

Wedding FAQs at Eden Gardens State Park (PDF - 0.03KB)

For more information, see weddings at Eden Gardens State Park

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Depending on the time of day and the time of year, bird and wildlife watching are popular activitie in the park and on the trails.  You may even see a dolphin or two down in the bayou stopping by for a visit.