UWF Hiking Trails – Just northeast of Downtown Pensacola, the University of West Florida is perched on a remarkable habitat where Escambia Bay meets Escambia River, and the coast turns to upland. UWF offers hiking and biking trails on and around the campus, with open parking on weekends.
The UWF Edward Ball Nature Preserve Trail is a half-mile loop that takes you through Thompson’s Bayou – a hardwood swamp. But there are plenty of other trails to step out into the woods.
The West Campus Trails range from 1.75 miles to 12 miles. These undulating narrow trails wind through creek beds and wooded inclines. Some trails are accessible from off-campus and are frequented by mountain bikes and running groups and occasional equestrians (no moto-anything). It is upland Florida woodlands in some areas, and you can see the transition to the coastal habitat. There are lots of hills here, so remember to keep your water handy. Thankfully, you’re almost always in the shade under tree canopy.