|Hike Name:||Eden Gardens Nature Trail|
|Nearby Town:||Santa Rosa Beach|
|Directions:||Take County Road 395 north from US Highway 98. Go one mile and the park entrance is on the left. The park is located between Destin and Panama City Beach.|
|Total Hike Distance:||1.00 miles|
|Hike Type:||Roundtrip, Loop Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Nature Trail Parking Area|
|Trails Used:||Nature Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||None|
|Management:||State Park Service|
|Contact Information:||Florida Department of Environmental Protection
81 Eden Gardens Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 267-8320
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||Eden Gardens State Park is a 163 acre former historic homestead of the Wesley family. Their 1897 mansion was restored and donated to the State in 1968, and the beautifully landscaped estate has an Old South vibe to it. For this reason (and the proximity to the nearby tourist destinations of Seaside and Watercolor), the Park hosts many private weddings each year.
Hiking, fishing, and canoeing are all activities that are offered here, and kids may enjoy a tour of the house, fishing from the docks, or walking through the multiple gardens on the property.
This hike on the park nature trail wanders through a thick forest, beside the bay, and near the gardens in the park. It's buggy in the summer months, so make sure you take insect repellent and plenty of water. You can access the trail from both major parking areas in the park.