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Well before Spanish conquistador Don Tristan de Luna first landed here in 1559, Mother Nature established her roots along our barrier islands. Hundreds of species of flora and fauna reside on Pensacola’s unspoiled beaches. And can you blame them? It’s quite a pristine habitat to live in, with a pretty sweet view too.

Our sugar-white beaches and salt marshes teem with wildlife that calls our dunes and waters home. Visitors are never far from an example of why we believe Mother Nature calls Pensacola home, too.

Take a Beach Tour

The National Park Service at Gulf Islands National Seashore offers weekly and seasonal ranger-led tours and programs for people of all ages. Tour historic brick and iron forts; take a barrier hike through salt marsh habitats; join park staff and amateur astronomers for a fun night of stargazing; snorkel and kayak in the delicate sea grass beds; discover some of the barrier island’s flighty residents on a bird walk. For a calendar listing of upcoming tours and programs, visit


Hit the Pensacola Beach and Perdido Trails


Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail on Pensacola Beach
Home to everything from Bottlenose dolphins to cownose rays, from hermit crabs to loggerhead turtles, our coastal barrier islands always have interesting species to amaze our visitors.

Learn about our sea life, plant life, birds, and even butterflies on the Pensacola Beach Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail. The trail features about 30 educational signs stationed across the island, each one exploring a different ecological topic.

Find out the secret to Pensacola Beach's white sand or discover the dangerous journeys of sea turtles, identify mysterious seashells or find out what it’s like to explore the island by kayak. Click here for more information about the trail.

Johnson Beach, Perdido Key and the southwest corner of Escambia County offer hidden gems of natural beauty.
The Discovery Nature Trail at Johnson Beach is a nice hike for the entire family. The half-mile takes you on a raised boardwalk through dunes, pine trees, salt marsh outlooks, and brings you to a beautiful view of Grand Lagoon.

Big Lagoon State Park offers a 4.9-mile birding trail and a 2-mile estuary trail for the avid outdoorsman. The park features an amphitheater, fishing, wildlife, swimming and more to take in. This is a favorite location for outdoor weddings. It also serves as a prime location for crabbing.

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, located on Perdido Bay, offers the unique environment that is home to four rare, carnivorous pitcher plant species, all of which may be viewed from an elevated boardwalk. The park offers a 6.5-mile Perdido Bay trail as well as the 1.5-mile Tarkiln Bayou Trail, which is wheelchair accessible.

Wherever you walk in the Pensacola Bay Area’s picturesque natural parks and trails, be mindful of your step – that’s Mother Nature’s back yard you’re exploring.