Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach State Park
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  • Aktolgali
    Houston, Texas147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If touristy is not your thing...
    Loved every minute. Quiet; well-maintained. Beach is gorgeous. The two bedroom cabins have beds to sleep 6, and are roomy and comfortable. New, little laundromat for guests. Our second time here; won't be our last.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Dapger
    McKinney, Texas364 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best beach in the area.
    Love this quiet beach. I have never seen a big crowd. Pack your wagon and chairs. The hike on the walkway is nice but not short. The view of the natural dunes is outstanding. I love that there are no condos close by so the beach seems very private.
    Visited October 2023
    Written October 31, 2023
  • pierce96
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We recommend and plan to return
    Our visit to this beach and the rest of the park was really nice. It was clean and well maintained and the employees were very personable and enthusiastic. It’s quite nice to encounter employees who have a positive impact on our experiences! We also went kayaking and enjoyed a relaxing time in the water!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 6, 2024
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY1,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Grayton Beach State Park is part of the Florida State Park System and as such does charge an entrance fee. However, it is well worth it as it has clean changing rooms with showers and toilet facilities, out door showers to get the sand off of your feet and a well maintained teak/Trex boardwalk and stairs down to a non-crowded beach. The emerald green water simply is amazing and is great for wading, body surfing, swimming, surf fishing or just building sand castles. Everyone is socially distanced and conscious of their neighbors. So there are no loud radios playing. There are usually park rangers around as a source of information on the area. We love to go there and enjoy time with our family on the beach.
Written May 3, 2021
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Gloria C
Union, NJ36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Grayson Beach is small beach, part of Santa Rosa Beach. It’s a small community with mostly homes. The beach itself is narrow and has powdery white sand and very clean. On most days, the ocean water is very clear. You’ll be able to see fish, crabs, stingrays (harmless) and if you’re lucky, dolphins (a pair of them swam within 10 feet of us). The ocean is safe for kids since it has almost no waves, and it takes a bit if walking before you can be waist deep. Also, this is a great beach to watch the sunsets!

The only negative is the tannic water. Grayson Beach is located right next to Western Lake. When the lake overfills (due to rain), a natural outlet is created which carries the water from the lake into the ocean. The lake water is a brown/red color, which as it flows into the ocean, changes the color of the ocean. The first time we saw that (on our 2nd day), we thought it was a red tide, however when we saw so many people still in the water, we did a bit more research and found the reason for the water discoloration. Tannic water is completely safe to swim in, but to us, it was weird to swim in brown/reddish water.

Overall, it’s very nice beach, but had I known about the tannic water, I would have picked a different spot for our vacation.
Written October 16, 2021
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Aktolgali
Houston, TX147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Fabulous. Affordable. Clean, comfy cabins in a gated state park. Only cabin guests can enter the cabin area. It was very quiet. The beach area is also only for cabin guests. Beautiful, lovely place. The park is sandwiched between two very upscale communities, so it felt very safe. The area is very well maintained. Cabins were good sized with full kitchen and nice screened porch. The sheets provided are all flat sheets, so next time, we will bring our own fitted sheets, but it wasn't really a problem. FYI: there are no laundry facilities in the park, but there is a nice laundromat within a few miles ($10 to wash and dry one load). Tip: the closest Publix, which is down the road in Seaside, is very expensive. Go out to Hwy 98 and travel a fee miles to a larger Publix and also Dollar General and Walmart.
Saw stingray in the water and a very large owl, and deer on the walking trail, as well as squirrel. Didn't get to see a brown bear, darn it.
We LOVED it will! We will definitely stay again.
Written September 15, 2022
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Kmlindy
202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stayed for 3 night in our RV. The sites are nice with a lot of privacy! The bath/shower house was always clean. They do not have Wifi, so you many want to bring some kind of hotspot. Unfortunately, my husbands needs it for work. The lake is very pretty and has a nice walking path. We drove to the beach access and that has a bathroom also. Beach is beautiful!
Written January 9, 2020
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TnTDean
Oak Grove, MO135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We vacationed twice this year in Santa Rosa Beach area. We have gone to several Beaches but Grayton beach is our favorite. It cost us $5 for the car group to get in but there is more parking than other beaches. Bathrooms are clean, there is a place to rinse off and it’s sufficient . It’s a bit of a walk to the beach on a boardwalk , but it’s an easy walk. We saw a sea turtle swimming ! We did notice in October one day there was lots of jellyfish . Little white floaty things , bigger pink ones also . The sand is powdery and white. We like that as we set on the beach it’s just dunes behind us , not houses or hotels/condos … just nature .
Written November 1, 2022
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kayemax
Saint Louis, MO72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
It was a bit chilly, but a lovely, sunny day to go for a walk on the beach. $5.00 per car to enter the park. Nice restroom facilities, an outdoor shower area to wash the sand off of your feet, lovely boardwalk leading out to the beach from the parking lot and restroom facilities. Before or after your beach walk, catch the trailhead at the end of the parking lot to hike along the rare dune lake on a multi surface path -- sand, mulch, shells. The tunnel of trees is amazing. I just wish the signs along the path could be read. The plexiglass over the tops of the signs was scratched and weathered.
Written April 7, 2023
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megan
San Antonio, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
This was the best way to access a 30A beach without hunting for parking or being on a packed beach with rows and rows of beach goers. The park opens at 8am, and we never got there later than 10am during the week. Recommend getting there close to opening to ensure parking and a spot close to the beach access. They stop letting people in once the parking lot (which is small) is full. They will allow people in as people leave. The beach area is pretty long compared to the amount of parking. You will be able to spread out and have space to yourself. The access from the parking lot to the beach was close. We brought a wagon, tent, and chairs. I didn’t see any beach umbrella or chair rentals, so bring your own stuff. There are no dogs allowed on the beach, so leave them at home. The water was beautiful and we saw fish, stingrays, and even a manatee! We brought snorkels to check the fish. We visited the park 3 days during the week and always had a great view right at the water. There are showers and bathrooms at the parking lot. Be sure to check out the nature trail before leaving the park as well.
Written August 1, 2021
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wandercookeat
Atlanta, GA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I loved Grayton Beach State Park! It has a lovely stretch of beach with sand dunes and not condos & houses. There are also hiking trails that go through the dunes and by Western Lake. The 1-mile Nature Trail was lovely. I slightly muddy patch at the far end of the loop, but it wasn't too bad to get around.
Written February 28, 2021
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sailboat k
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Grayton Beach State park is a stunningly beautiful camping and beach facility. Well maintained roads, campsites, buildings and beaches make this area conducive to a relaxing stay. Although they do have a bit of a “Bob” problem.

As I was walking my dog around the park at 12:15pm for the last tour before departure, in the campsite next to mine (#11) sat a golf cart backed into place. I nodded and spoke to the occupant while passing. His response? “You in number 11?” “Yes”, I replied. Without missing a beat, he stated firmly, “checkout time is 1”. I looked at my watch and said “45 minutes” and continued on with my cruise around the area.

Having pulled the slideouts, water line and such on my 26 ft Navion class C and while disconnecting the sewer hose (complete with traditional thick rubber gloves) Maskless Bob, a volunteer, approached from his golf cart at 13:01:30 pm and said “you gonna be long? You’re supposed to be out by one and there are people wanting to get into this slot” “Check in time is at three, correct?” I asked. “You’re supposed to be out by one” he replied, in a rude,gruff, authoritarian growl, fitting a power starved volunteer, overseeing his domain. “ Well, standing here discussing it with you isn’t accelerating the effort much now is it uh, Bob”? “ and went on about the fun business of continuing the disconnection of the “honey pot” line.

When I reached the office building at 13:08:20 I stopped to pass along this conversation with the rangers, one of whom kinda smiled and said “well Bob’s kinda straight forward” and I replied “no, Bob is just rude, I’m straight forward”. They listened to the complaint and I made it short because after all whatta gonna do?

Good communication skills are important tools in any walk of life and follow up training, even of volunteers, can make the difference between good reviews and not so good ones. I highly recommend this state park for its beauty and serenity, Bob notwithstanding.
Written August 5, 2020
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The park has salt marshes, coastal forest w/oaks, magnolia trees, mild waters perfect for kayaking. My favorite part is Western Lake, a 100 acre coastal dune lake, loaded w/fish. Besides fishing, there are trails w/wildlife: squirrels, fox, ospreys & eagles.
Written June 6, 2022
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