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Get Out There – the Trails are Waiting

There's no shortage of ways to get outdoors and discover what our diverse area has in store. Remember, 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.

Pensacola Beach

Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail
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. For more information about the trail, visit

Perdido Key

Along with 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 hike 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.

Downtown Pensacola

The Colonial Archaeological Trail is a walking tour of ruins and other exhibits detailing forts and other structures that existed in Pensacola from 1752 to 1821. These sites reveal traces of the "old" Pensacola that lie buried deep beneath the new. Pick up a free trail guide at the Tivoli House in Historic Pensacola Village.

The African-American Heritage Trail and the Pensacola Cultural Heritage Trail spotlight dozens of historic sites, churches, art galleries, cultural centers and more that focus on the culture and history of Pensacola's African-American community. Trail guides include tributes to notable local African-Americans and explore the role African-Americans played in the city’s founding and 450-year history.

The Pensacola Maritime Trail, located along the Pensacola Bay Front, is a walking tour of the maritime history of Pensacola. There are ten signs located at different locations which discuss a different piece of the areas maritime history. On this tour, you'll learn about Native Americans, Spanish Exploration, Industry of the Port, 18th Century Pensacola and more. 

Surrounding Area

A network of wooden boardwalks and trails that descend from the aptly named Scenic Highway to the shoreline below at Bay Bluffs Park on Escambia Bay.

North of the city, the University of West Florida offers woodland and wetland trails, including the Edward Ball Nature Trail, which includes a half-mile of boardwalk on Thompson Bayou, a beautiful hardwoods swamp. Just off the boardwalk lies a web of bike paths. The campus also offers more than 20 hidden-treasure “geocaching” sites.