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Hiking & Biking

Explore the Trails of
Santa Rosa County.

Discover the natural beauty of Santa Rosa County. Hike through the longleaf pines of Blackwater River State Forest or ride along the dunes and shores of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. With pristine trails, lush landscapes, and breathtaking views, the perfect destination is waiting for you to explore.


Explore Santa Rosa’s hiking trails where every step is an adventure. Walk through the untouched beauty of towering longleaf pines at Blackwater River State Forest. Explore the Blackwater Heritage State Trail, nine miles of paved trail which winds across wooden bridges and creeks, and through the historic town of Milton. At the Gulf Islands National Seashore, get a glimpse of untouched beachfront, nesting sea turtles, and sandy dunes as you walk through eight miles of hiking trails. Take a day hike and a picnic by the bay at the Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve, where naval live oak trees have withstood the test of time. Hike your way through Navarre Beach and check out the nature trails guide to plan your next hiking adventure.


Pedal through Santa Rosa County’s array of biking options, from scenic coastal routes to off-road thrills where the landscape and experiences are as diverse as they are breathtaking. At the Blackwater River State Forest Area in Milton, coast through lush landscapes and towering longleaf pines, perfect for biking along paved and shaded scenery. Cruise through the untouched beachfront of Gulf Islands National Seashore on an e-bike. Explore at your own pace while remaining energized for a refreshing dip in the water. The Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve offers cycling enthusiasts the chance to explore among the shade of ancient naval live oak trees and offers off roading enthusiasts a chance to cycle among the dirt paths.


The Trail Town Program transforms communities along outdoor trails into vibrant destinations. By offering amenities and cultural experiences, these towns attract trail users, boosting local economies and fostering social connections. It’s a vital initiative for sustainable tourism and community well-being. The Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Milton is a proud program member and is committed to enhancing both the trail experience and the town’s vitality.

Get Inspired

Endless inspiration.
Many ways to relax.

Within these stories you’ll find a relaxing blend of waterfront beauty and backwoods adventure that begs to be explored on your next Florida vacation. So read on. Plan your visit.

Discover Local Businesses

Coldwater Gardens

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
22 Reviews

7009 Creek Stone Rd, Milton, FL 32570-9423

Phone: 850-426-1300

Gulf Islands National Seashore

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1292 Reviews

Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

Naval Live Oaks Reservation

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93 Reviews

Pensacola, FL

Phone: 850-934-2600

Sage Paddle Company

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121 Reviews

8375 Gulf Blvd, Navarre, FL 32566

Phone: 850-396-3044

Blackwater River State Park

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106 Reviews

7720 Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt, FL 32564-9005

Phone: 850-983-5363

Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

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57 Reviews

5709 Mill Pond Ln, Milton, FL 32583-1788

Phone: 850-626-3084

Electric Bike Rentals - Navarre Beach, FL

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9 Reviews

Gulf Blvd, Navarre, FL 32566

Phone: 850-684-5269

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

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63 Reviews

5533 Alabama St, Milton, FL 32570-7313

Phone: (850) 983-5338


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