Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton got its name for a reason; it’s a nature lover’s dream with rare coastal dune lakes, flat pine forests, and abundant wildlife with everything from herons, bald eagles, and pelicans to black bears.
The coastal highway also offers 18.2 miles of biking and walking path, known as the Timpoochee Trail, which runs parallel to white-sand beaches, charming communities, attractions, and state parks, making rental bikes a must-have for any vacation here! If you’re ready to rent bikes on 30A, look no further than Vacayzen for the official blue-and-yellow 30A rental bike designed in conjunction with 30A.com!
Whether you’ve chosen a beach cruiser, mountain bike, or tandem bike, the 30A bike path is easy to navigate for all ages and will take you past some of the area’s best views. Here are a few you don’t want to miss.
1. Blue Mountain Beach
Draper Lake Covered Bridge
Draper Lake is one of 30A’s 15 coastal dune lakes, all of which offer a unique ecosystem not found in many places on earth. They are perfect for kayaking, paddling, and birding. The covered bridge located in Blue Mt. Beach between Gulf Place and Redfish Village is a perfect place to stop along your 30A bike tour to rest, take a photo, or enjoy a quick snack.
2. Grayton Beach
Western Lake Longleaf Pine Canopy
As you cruise along 30A between Grayton Beach and Watercolor, the main feature and photo op is certainly Western Lake, where you can catch some of the best sunsets over the lake, as well as enjoy watching paddlers navigating the freshwater lake by Grayton Beach State Park and campground. Pause to read about the coastal dune lake and longleaf pines providing shade overhead as you make your way to Seaside or the Red Bar for a pick-me-up!
The BoatHouse and Marina Park
Watercolor Resort offers miles of bike and hiking paths among its vast array of luxury rental homes, parks, and resort amenities. The BoatHouse is linked to the northern side of Watercolor by a bridge that has great views of Western Lake and is right beside Marina Park, where outdoor concerts are open to the public in summer.
4. Alys Beach
Whether arriving from east or west, you can’t miss the white butteries and Caribbean-inspired architecture of Alys Beach. Cruise along 30A amid palms lined up on both sides, stop by George’s for lunch or Fonville Press for coffee and treats, or take a detour through the iconic town’s nature trails—bonus points if you spot a dragon in the woods!
5. Rosemary Beach
Near the eastern end of 30A lies charming Rosemary Beach, whose cobbled lanes and secret pathways make for great exploring in this charming Southern beach community. Cruise past the fragrant greenery for which the town was named and make your way around the town square for a unique collection of shops and eateries. The Post Office and Town Hall make excellent backdrops for your family photo!
When you’re searching for places to rent bikes on 30A, remember Vacayzen has a wide selection of adult bikes, kids bikes, trikes, and bike trailers, in addition to kayaks, paddleboards, baby gear, and grocery services to help make your South Walton beach vacation the best ever!