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Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area was acquired in 1966 through a lease agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, this 357-acre recreation area was named for U.S. Air Force Colonial Fred Gannon who was instrumental in the construction of the park.

The park is noted for its sandpine forest where large, mature sand pines tower over other scrub vegetation such as rosemary, reindeer moss and scrub oaks. Indian middens and artifacts can be seen throughout the park.

Campsites and picnic shelters overlook scenic Rocky Bayou, an arm of Choctawhatchee Bay.

With one mile of shoreline running within the park, it the perfect location for fishing, boating and nature study. In addition to a fresh water lake, wetlands and submerged areas, Rocky Bayou attracts and supports an abundance of wildlife.

Saltwater fish may be caught in Rocky Bayou. Access is provided by a boat ramp near the northwest corner of the park. Freshwater fishing is available where Rocky Creek flows into the bay. (Salt and freshwater fishing licenses are required in Florida.)

Three trail loops are designated within the park. A self-guided booklet for the Sand Pine Trail interprets the natural values of the sandpine forest. The Rocky Bayou and Red Cedar nature trails meander through other prominent plant communities. Ranger-guided walks and campfire programs are offered seasonally.

Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area is located five miles east of Niceville on S.R. 20.

For more information, contact:
Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area
421 S.R. 20
Niceville, Florida 32578
(850) 897-3222

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