Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

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Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park entrance sign.jpg
The entrance for Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park off Florida State Road 20.
Map showing the location of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
Map showing the location of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
LocationOkaloosa County, Florida, USA
Nearest cityNiceville, Florida
Coordinates30°29′49″N 86°25′37″W / 30.49694°N 86.42694°W / 30.49694; -86.42694Coordinates: 30°29′49″N 86°25′37″W / 30.49694°N 86.42694°W / 30.49694; -86.42694
Area357 acres (144 ha)
Established1966
Governing bodyFlorida Department of Environmental Protection

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is a Florida State Park located on the northwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida, southeast of Niceville. The address is 4281 Highway 20. Native American middens and artifacts can be seen throughout the park.

Recreational Activities[edit]

The park has such amenities as bicycling, birding, boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, picnicking, tubing, wildlife viewing and full camping facilities.

Biology[edit]

Puddin' Head Lake is currently being drained to restore the landscape to its original state as a steephead stream.

The park's Sand Pine (Pinus clausa) forest has large, mature Sand Pines towering over other scrub vegetation, such as Florida Rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides), Reindeer Moss (Cladonia spp.), and scrub oaks: sand live oak (Quercus geminata), sandhill oak (Quercus inopina), myrtle oak (Quercus myrtifolia), and Chapman’s oak (Quercus chapmanii).

External links[edit]

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