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DeFuniak Springs is a small city of around 7,000 located off of Interstate 10 between Tallahassee and Pensacola. The city is the county seat for Walton County, Florida. DeFuniak Springs is home to many interesting historical events and attractions such as one of the two naturally round spring fed lakes in the world. The other being located near Zurich, Switzerland.

DeFuniak Springs was developed in the late 1800s as a railroad town. In 1881, a railroad surveying party consisting of W. D. Chipley, W.J. VanKirk, and W.T. Wright came to the area seeking a route for the L&N Railroad. After stopping on a hillside overlooking the beautiful, naturally round lake, Colonel Chipley exlcaimed, "Here a town shall be built!"

They planned a town named after Fred R. DeFuniak, who held many high offices with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, including that of General Manger. The Florida Chautauqua Association organized in 1884 and held its first assembly in DeFuniak Springs in February of 1885. This assembly made DeFuniak Springs one of the cultural centers of the southeast until the late 1920s.

Today, in the spirit of the original Chautauqua, efforts are underway to revive the cultural activities. Go to the Historical District so you can see the beautiful homes that surround Lake DeFuniak today. For more information on this area visit our Government section. Walton County has the pleasure of being one of the fastest growing places in Florida.

 At this site we try to provide you with information you might need to locate in this area or just come for a visit. The businesses you see are sponsors of these informational pages. Please let them know you appreciate this information being available via the internet for your use. This is a great place to raise a family or simply retire away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  We are blessed with Florida's world-famed wonderful climate.  We enjoy all four seasons, with winter usually being mild ( a mean temperature of 44.2 degrees).  The summer mean temperature is 81.9 degrees.  The average rainfall is 58.4 inches.  Outdoor activities can be enjoyed almost every day of the year.

Fishing, hunting, golfing, and boating are just a few of the popular pastimes here.  The fishing enthusiast will discover an area of great fishing, whether it be salt water or fresh water.  Area fishing lakes include Cassidy, Holley, and Juniper.  The Choctawhatchee River is a 20-minute drive.  And of course, the Gulf offers some of the world's greatest deep sea fishing. Wild game such as deer, duck, and turkey abound in the surrounding wooded hills for the hunting enthusiast.  Several golf courses are located nearby.  Of course, given our location, there are numerous opportunities for the avid boater.  Furthermore, horses are a main source of enjoyment in this area.  Roping, team penning, trail rides, and family fun days are popular leisure activities.

Other nearby amusements include a Championship Rodeo held in Bonifay (30-minute drive to the east).  Florida's oldest library still in operation is located in DeFuniak Springs.  Another point of interest is Lake DeFuniak, said to be one of only two perfectly round natural lakes in the world.  Folklore has it that the lake was formed by a large meteor crashing to earth centuries ago.  The circumference of the lake is 5,280 feet, which makes a pleasant mile.  Our major industry is agriculture, which is growing all the time, if you'll excuse the pun.  The cattle business, timber (especially pine), and poultry farms are primary resources.

Once you visit DeFuniak Springs and experience all that it has to offer, you will probably become a return visitor or perhaps a resident.  Untouched rural beauty, a slow-paced lifestyle, helpful neighbors, a mild year-round climate, low crime rate, low taxes, and a uniquely central location are just a few of the natural magnets that draws families and industries to the region.  Florida is a beautiful state to visit, and DeFuniak Springs is a small, tucked-away treasure that you definitely don't want to miss!