Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Sandra and Ruff have headed back home now. We enjoyed our time together, and now they are veteran campers. I think they are hooked! 

We went on a 3-mile hike on the Sand Pine Trail in Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park to check things out. It’s a pretty walk along Puddin Head stream. Frequent signs identified plants and their uses. Originally a bombing area before WW II, Colonel Fred Gannon, Director of Civil Engineering at Eglin Air Force Base proposed converting this area for public use. In 1966, the land became part of Florida state park system. It is still surrounded by Eglin Air Force Base.

The park has a very nice staff, big, generous sites, excellent facilities and a quiet atmosphere. I love they have not put campsites along the coast so it can be enjoyed by all. Niceville is a busier place than I expected, but far less busy than along the 30A Coastal Highway. In the middle of Eglin Air Force Base, it is cool to hear and see fighter jets flying over.

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