It isn't just for the beach crowd. You can bike or hike. Two freshwater lakes are ideal for paddleboarding or kayaking. Rentals are readily available. Kids can roam the woods. If all that is too much, just hang out in a hammock to nap or read. It is an affordable place with camping sites available for about $25.
What makes this state park ideal is that it is situated between Destin and Seaside beach communities in the Panhandle. If you have someone who likes civilization, you can ride your bike to Seaside and grab lunch, dinner or a cocktail. Seafood, Gulf shrimp or oysters, however, is this region's specialty so most restaurants like the Shrimp Shack are ready to serve you a dozen or two raw. There is also a thriving community of artists and other shopping too.
If you are looking for a way to disconnect and relax, make plans to head to one of my favorite new places to camp.