GANNON ROCKY BAYOU STATE RECREATION AREA
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State
Recreation Area was acquired in 1966 through a lease agreement with the
U.S. Forest Service, this 357-acre recreation area was named for U.S.
Air Force Colonial Fred Gannon who was instrumental in the construction
of the park.
is noted for its sandpine forest where large, mature sand pines tower
over other scrub vegetation such as rosemary, reindeer moss and scrub
oaks. Indian middens and artifacts can be seen throughout the park.
Campsites and picnic shelters overlook scenic Rocky
Bayou, an arm of Choctawhatchee Bay.
mile of shoreline running within the park, it the perfect location for
fishing, boating and nature study. In addition to a fresh water lake,
wetlands and submerged areas, Rocky Bayou attracts and supports an abundance
Saltwater fish may be caught
in Rocky Bayou. Access is provided by a boat ramp near the northwest corner
of the park. Freshwater fishing is available where Rocky Creek flows into
the bay. (Salt and freshwater fishing licenses are required in Florida.)
loops are designated within the park. A self-guided booklet for the Sand
Pine Trail interprets the natural values of the sandpine forest. The Rocky
Bayou and Red Cedar nature trails meander through other prominent plant
communities. Ranger-guided walks and campfire programs are offered seasonally.
Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area is located five miles east of Niceville on S.R. 20.
For more information, contact:
Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area
421 S.R. 20
Niceville, Florida 32578
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