The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Deer Lake State Park is along Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County. Amid all the “new urbanism” planned communities along this stretch of two lane road, this State Park preserves one of Florida’s rare beauties – the Coastal Dune Lake.
We pulled into the small parking area late afternoon and walked the boardwalk towards the beach. The beach here is beautiful – but the dunes and the lake were what caught my eye. I decided to set up under the shade of a pavilion on the boardwalk. Ahhh, shade sweet shade! From here there was a nice view overlooking the dunes to the lake and distant pines in the background.
As we walked back towards the parking area, beautiful wild Sweet Bay Magnolia trees were blooming along the boardwalk. The boardwalk is elevated over a wet area, so you are eye level with these miniature magnolia blossoms. As were were leaving we noticed a trail on the opposite side of 30A – a good excuse to come back and explore some more!
For more information about this park, visit their website