Manager's Message

Manager's Message Deer Lake State Park

Matt Allen, Park Manager

The sand is sugar white and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are emerald green, and it's a good time to experience the solitude of Deer Lake State Park. Hikers can enjoy the 1-mile interpretive forest loop trail (orange trail) or the half-mile lake trail (blue trail) with its scenic overlook of Deer Lake.

Both nature trails are located on the north side of County Highway 30-A, across from the park entrance. For beachcombers Deer Lake State Park offers some of the most undisturbed view of the sugar white beaches of the Emerald Coast. The park's 1/4-mile dune boardwalk offers some of the best views of a dynamic dune ecosystem to be found on the Gulf Coast.

Pets are not allowed on the beach. Pets are allowed at the picnic area and on the nature trail located on the north side of Highway 30-A across from the park entrance. Pets must be kept on a hand-held leash no more than 6-feet long while in the park. See our Pet Policy for more information.

Deer Lake State Park has full beach access for our ADA guests.