Jones Swamp is a natural 1,300-acre protected watershed purchased for buffering and water quality improvements. It provides habitat to a variety of native plants and wildlife, and features public natural trails that will provide many recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, birding, cross country running, environmental education and ecosystem interpretation.
Escambia County Parks
Sunrise till sunset.
700 S. Old Corry Rd., trailhead & parking, boardwalk (west)
198 Patton Drive, trailhead & parking, surface trail (west)
1131 Patton Drive, trailhead & parking, surface trail (west)
1190 Decatur Ave., trailhead & parking, boardwalk (west)
Hidden within an urban core along Jones Creek, a 12-mile walkable greenway trail is 40 percent complete.
The trail will accommodate a diverse range of visitors for a variety of outdoor recreational experiences including hiking, bird watching, nature photography, and environmental education, picnicking or just to take a stroll.
The Southwest Greenway and the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve were initiated to provide an important environmental buffer to aide in water quality improvements for Bayou Chico and the Pensacola Bay. While the Preserve is protecting the valuable natural resources, visitors can enjoy some of Escambia County’s diverse ecosystems by using this walkable corridor.
The Greenway is divided by Fairfield Drive and provides for two very different outdoor experiences.
The eastern trail system features accessible boardwalks and wide stable surface trails along Jones Creek, and though Bottomland Forest and Wet Pine Flatwoods.
The western trail system will provide a much more rustic outdoor nature experience. This mosaic of rare Florida natural bogs and grass land forest communities will be accessible only for foot traffic.