Pensacola Parks & Preserves

FAMILY FUN | MUSEUMS & ART | NATURE PARKS

If you're looking a roadtrip from Pensacola, FL for the day, try these great places which are just an hour or less away from Pensacola, FL. Discover a new place with family, friends or solitude.


Bay Bluffs Park

Bay Bluffs Park

  • 3400 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola, FL
  • Phone: (850) 435-1603
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42-acre nature preserve along a scenic highway featuring trees, walking paths, pavilions & more.

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve is home to four species of endangered pitcher plants, as well as other rare and endangered plant species. The rare, carnivorous white-top pitcher plant is unique to the Gulf Coast and found only between the Apalachicola and Mississippi rivers.

Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park

Sitting on the northern shoreline of its namesake, Big Lagoon State Park's 655 upland acres separate the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural communities, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands offer splendid opportunities for nature study.

Perdido Key State Park

Perdido Key State Park

Barrier islands protect the Florida mainland from the harsh effects of storms and provide habitats for shorebirds and other coastal animals. Perdido Key is a 247-acre barrier island near Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico.

Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

  • Andrew Jackson Trail, Gulf Breeze, FL
  • Phone: (850) 934-2600
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The highlight of the Naval Live Oaks Area is the 7.5 miles of hiking trails including the fully accessible 0.8 mile Brackenridge Nature Trail directly behind park headquarters. A covered picnic pavilion is available on a first come, first served basis, as well as, restrooms and additional picnic tables are located nearby.

Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida

Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida

  • 105 N S St, Pensacola, FL
  • Phone: (850) 433-9453
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The Wildlife Sanctuary provides a home for over 100 animals that cannot be released, including deer, fox, and a variety of birds, including bald eagles, owls and hawks. Come by to see us during our visiting hours.

Arcadia Mill

Arcadia Mill

  • 5709 Mill Pond Ln, Milton, FL
  • Phone: (850) 626-3084
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Archaeology & nature area with interpretive trails amid remains of 19th-century mill structures.

Fort Pickens

Fort Pickens

  • 1400 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL
  • Phone: (850) 934-2600
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Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay, Florida, and its navy yard. The fort was begun in 1829, completed in 1834, and was named in honor of Major General Andrew Pickens of the South Carolina militia, who fought with distinction in several Revolutionary War battles including Cowpens and the Siege of Ninety-six.

Juniper Creek

Juniper Creek

  • Juniper Ave, Pensacola, FL
  • Phone: (850) 643-2282
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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.

Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve and Nature Trail

Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve and Nature Trail

  • 198 Patton Dr, Pensacola, FL
  • Phone: (850) 475-5220
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The new section of trail is located along Jones Creek. The trail extends west from Navy Boulevard at the intersection of Highway 98 to the northern terminus of Brigadier Street off Patton Drive. The new section includes 3,100 linear feet of elevated boardwalk with two spanned pedestrian crossings over Jones Creek and two connections to the Pensacola State College Warrington Campus.


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