They don't call it Niceville for nothing, friends. If you've waded through the summer traffic down along the coast of Northwest Florida and need a break, just head over Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge (have a few bucks for tolls, too) and roll into a scene that's a little more relaxing.
Rocky Bayou State Park sits right on the northern arm of Choctawhatchee Bay, and is the perfect place to kick back for a few days of camping and paddling.
At this point, our RV travels have been a little hectic. We tend to travel without much of a plan, but got lucky by finding a few days at Rocky Bayou, a spot that somehow I've missed on previous visits to the area.
Personally, I think Rocky Bayou State Park will be our new spot to set up camp when visiting the area around Destin and Fort Walton Beach. It has more of a laid-back vibe, and paddling the calm waters of Rocky Bayou is fantastic.
The park has 42 full-facility campsites, most of which seemed to be large and shady. We did have a slight low voltage issue at our site, however. When it's hot outside and campgrounds fill up, the power draw is more than the service can handle, and some spots may have this problem. Ours wasn't severe enough to cause any problems, and I don't think I heard any other complaints. It's just something to remember when traveling to parks during peak season in the summer months.
Voltage issue aside, we had an excellent few days of camping and paddleboarding. Our routine lately has been to hike with our dogs in the early morning, work during the hottest part of the day, then head out on the paddleboards in the evening. It's a good groove to get into.
Don't miss this one. It's a great state park that seems to be rarely mentioned, but is definitely worthy of a stay.
For more information, check out www.floridastateparks.org/rockybayou.