The sand is sugar white and the clear emerald green water of the Gulf of Mexico are calling, now would be a good time to try experiencing the solitude of Deer Lake State Park. Hikers can enjoy the 1 mile Interpretive Forest Loop trail (orange trail) or the 1/2 mile Lake trail (blue trail) with it's scenic overlook of Deer Lake. Both Nature Trails are located on the Northside of County Hwy 30-A...
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Deer Lake State Park
Welcome to Deer Lake State Park
Deer Lake State Park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod and scrub oaks can be seen in this coastal dune habitat. Rare plants such as Gulf coast lupine, spoonflower, pitcher plants, and Curtiss' sand grass-one of the largest populations found in Florida-are found in the park. Visitors may see splashes of color from summer wildflowers or some of the many species of resident or migratory birds and butterflies.
A boardwalk across the dunes offers easy access to the beach where visitors can picnic, swim and fish. It also offers a spectacular view of the dune ecosystem, one of 11 natural communities found in the park.