Hiking/Walking

Get off of the couch and go for a walk!  Hiking and walking trails can be a great family experience.  Learning can be everywhere for the kids.  You will get to spend time together with family and friends in nature, which has many benefits.  Including: 

  • Lower stress levels, improved mood, and enhanced mental well-being
  • A reduced risk for heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Improved control over healthy weight
  • Lower body fat
  • Improved bone density
  • Improved osteoarthritis outcomes
  • Increases in flexibility and coordination
  • A better quality of life
  • Enhanced relationships with friends and family

Some items that you might need to get while on your hike: 

Sunscreen with Bug Spray

Walking Sticks

Hiking Shoes

Backpack Cooler

Water Bottle

First Aid Kit

Hat

Snacks are always imporant.  We like Larabars

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Heres the list of places to go!

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Arcadia Mill

Edward Ball Nature Trail

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The following trail information, content, and links are from AllTrails.  Please visit their site for more detailed information about each trail. 

University of West Florida Trail

University of West Florida Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Bayou Marcus Birding Trail

Bayou Marcus Birding Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pensacola, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Bay Bluffs Boardwalk Trail

Bay Bluffs Boardwalk Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

UWF West Campus Trail Loop

UWF West Campus Trails Loop is a 11.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Perdido Key

Perdido Key is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Pensacola, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

Summit Loop

Perdido Key is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Pensacola, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

UWF XC Trails

UWF XC Trails is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Bayview Park Loop

Bayview Park Loop is a 0.7 mile loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

UWF West Games Trail Loop 

UWF West Games Trails Loop is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

LEAD Trail

LEAD Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Perdido Bayou Trail (Currently Closed)

Perdido Bayou Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Sand Pine Loop and Big Lagoon Observation Tower (currently closed)

Sand Pine Loop and Big Lagoon Observation Tower is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Jones Swamp Wetland and Nature Preserve Trail

Jones Swamp Wetland and Nature Preserve Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pensacola, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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The following list was found on The National Park Service Website.

Fort Barrancas Area

Woodland Nature Trail (0.5 miles): Located near the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center, this loop trail goes through a woodland of sand pines and live oak trees.

Trench Trail (0.5 miles): This trail connects Fort Barrancas to the Advanced Redoubt.

Fort Pickens Area

Florida National Scenic Trail (7.5 Miles): Trailhead of the 1300 mile-long Florida National Scenic Trail starting near the entrance to historic Fort Pickens.

Naval Live Oak Area

Andrew Jackson Trail (3.4 miles): Also known as the Pensacola-St. Augustine Road, this trail was the site of the first road connecting East Florida with West Florida.

Beaver Pond Trail (1.0 miles): The Beaver Pond Trail traverses through several plant communities typical of southeastern forests. A beaver dam can be seen at the northern end of the trail.

Brackenridge Nature Trail (0.8 miles):The trail consists of a “figure 8” path with an observation deck at the far end. Exhibits on the trail identify plants and describe how live oaks were used in shipbuilding.

Multi-Use Path (2.0 miles): This paved path provides access for cyclists, hikers, and visitors on roller blades.

Old Borrow Pit Trail (0.9 miles): Sand from the borrow pit was used for the construction of U. S. Highway 98.

Perdido Key Area

Perdido Key Discovery Trail (0.25 miles): This accessible trail located on a boardwalk crosses a salt marsh, maritime forest, and rolling dunes.

Santa Rosa Area

Florida National Scenic Trail (7 miles): This section of the 1300-mile Florida National Scenic follows the beach.

Florida Trail, Juniper Creek (7.3 miles) (including Red Rocks) – Also known as the Juniper Creek Trail, the Florida Trail along Juniper Creek is a gorgeous place to explore in springtime, when mountain laurel blooms in both pink and white and the dogwoods put on a show.

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