Grayton Beach was the first community established in South Walton, some time in the late 19th century. By 1919, it was nearly abandoned, due to the fact that there were no good roads leading to it. Today’s Grayton Beach is a historic district, with many of the old cottages nicely restored. Here you’ll find a strange and wonderful eclectic community.
Today Grayton Beach is best known for its incomparable natural beauty in Grayton Beach State Park, which spans the Gulf of Mexico and most of Western Lake. Bring your RV, tents or campers here, or try some of the cabins, also part of the state park. The hiking trail is fairly short, but one of the most scenic in the area, circling beach dunes, skirting the coastal lake, and cutting right through a dense scrub hammock. The area shops are worth your time to get a sense of the area’s wonderful blend of local art, antiques and unusual gift items.