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North Pensacola

Reconnect with Nature


As if our pristine, white-sand beaches and award-winning downtown aren't enough, head north just a bit where some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and woodlands are just begging to be explored. 

Bird nesting

As a native of the north end, allow me to take you on a brief tour of our undiscovered paradise. Stop lights are few and far between, while rolling pastures are plenty. Here, you're likely to meet more cows than people, which is nice if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Cows don't expect you to make small talk, after all. 

Time really does seem to take a slower pace here, making it the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature. 

Take a fishing trip up Escambia River, which happens to be home to roughly 85 different species. Break out your binoculars for a bird-watching expedition along the Edward Ball Nature Trail at the University of West Florida. Let your best (canine) friend run free at the Ashton Brosnaham Dog Park. 

Five Flags Speedway

If you want to journey into the storied past of the Old South, head up to Century, which was once home to one of the most productive sawmills in the South for nearly 60 years. Though the mill has long been closed, it's still a large part of the community's culture. Nearby, at Lake Stone, a recreational lake and campsite, a considerable amount of flooded timber still remains, but is now home to plenty of freshwater fish. 

Though these rural communities are a bit quieter than other parts of Escambia County, they still know how to throw a party. The Pensacola Interstate Fair and the Snowball Derby, for example, bring thousands of patrons to the Bellview community every year. 

Over in Beulah, the 151-acre Escambia County Equestrian Center plays host to a different event nearly every weekend, including everything from rodeos and dog shows to concerts and fun runs. 

Smokey's BBQ

When you’re ready to ring the dinner bell, grab a Greek pizza from local favorite, Founaris Brothers, opt for a rack of ribs at Smokey’s Real Pit Bar-B-Que, or experience the newest microbrewery in Pensacola, Goat Lips Brew and Chew. Then, satisfy your sweet tooth at Maynard’s Donut Co. or try a new spin on the bushwacker at Szotski’s Cheesecakes.  

After your day of exploring, stretch out on a blanket and marvel at the star-filled sky as a choir of crickets serenades you.