• Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

    Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park 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 Colonel 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.

    Fishing Saltwater fish may be caught in Rocky Bayou. Freshwater fishing is available where Rocky Creek flows into the bay. (Salt and freshwater fishing licenses are required in Florida.)
    Nature Trails 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.
    Picnicking Campsites and picnic shelters overlook scenic Rocky Bayou, an arm of Choctawhatchee Bay

  • Amenities/Features

    • Boat Ramp
    • Canoe / Kayak Launch
    •Historic Site
    • Interpretive Exhibit
    • Pets
    -Pets are allowed in most areas of the park. However, pets are not allowed in park buildings.
    • Picnic Pavilion
    • rv/tent Camping

    • Bicycling
    • Birding
    • Boating / Boat Tours
    • Camping Primitive
    • Paddling
    • Fishing
    • Geo-Seeking
    • Hiking
    • Picnicking
    • Wildlife Viewing
  • Address/Location

    Rocky Bayou State Park
    4281 Hwy 20
    Niceville FL 32578
    Office Phone: 850-833-9144
    Website: Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park