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Nature & Parks

It’s the sound of Navarre Beach and Florida’s natural wonders.

There’s more to Navarre Beach than our beaches. Our woodlands offer acres of unspoiled natural beauty waiting to be explored. Hike through winding trails, ride horseback, canoe along peaceful waters, and sleep under the dazzling stars. With a backdrop of breathtaking beaches, woodlands, wetlands, and serene lakes and streams, every moment becomes a picture-perfect memory.

Delve into the scenic beauty of Northwest Florida as you traverse a network of recreational, scenic, and historic trails that inspire even the most seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. Encounter nature’s wonders, from great blue herons to ospreys, turtles, deer, bobcats, turkeys, and more. Whether you’re on a casual stroll or a challenging 10-mile hike, the beauty of our surroundings will mesmerize you.

Embrace the dark waters and white sandbars of the Blackwater River as you embark on a peaceful paddle or challenge brisk currents in a kayak. Discover the soothing, therapeutic nature of paddling, all while traversing one of our region’s many canoe trails. Simply put, Navarre Beach’s natural diversity knows no bounds. With everything from barrier islands to salt marshes to the majestic longleaf pine communities, every facet of the outdoors comes alive in this enchanting haven.

  • Blackwater River State Forest Area

    Blackwater River State Forest Area

    Uncover the untamed beauty of the Blackwater River State Forest, a sanctuary of natural wonder waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the towering longleaf pines and the refreshing embrace of the river's gentle flow. Spot diverse wildlife as you roam scenic trails. When you experience the magic of Florida's wilderness here in the heart of the Blackwater River State Forest, you’ll discover an outdoor adventure that speaks to your soul.

  • Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area (EPWMA)

    Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area (EPWMA)

    Discover the wild beauty of EPWMA, spanning 4,000 acres of rugged terrain near Navarre on Eglin Air Force Base. Despite its remote location and unpaved trails, EPWMA offers rewarding outdoor activities such as hiking, paddling, fishing, and hunting. No permit is needed to access EPWMA from the public road, but a $10.00 permit is required for access to Eglin Air Force Base and DOD lands.

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Step into a coastal paradise where nature's artistry unfolds along the shores of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Discover eight miles of untouched beachfront, towering dunes, iridescent shells, nesting sea turtles, and vibrant migratory birds. Traverse scenic trails that lead you through a unique Gulf of Mexico habitat, leaving you in awe of the unspoiled beauty that surrounds you. Dive into the Gulf's crystal-clear waters, unwind on pristine sandy shores, and create unforgettable memories in this breathtaking haven. Experience the pure allure of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, where nature's treasures are waiting for you to explore.

  • Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

    Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

    The Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve is nestled within the serene expanse of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, just east of Gulf Breeze, offering hiking, camping and a picnic area with access to the bay. Walk through picturesque hiking trails, lush surroundings, and naval live oak trees that have stood the test of time. With over seven miles of trails to explore, you'll discover the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll or a deeper connection with nature, this is an unforgettable experience within Gulf Islands' natural beauty.

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.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

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Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center

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560 Reviews

8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd, Milton, FL 32570-9726

Phone: 850-623-6197

Blackwater River State Park

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106 Reviews

7720 Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt, FL 32564-9005

Phone: 850-983-5363

Bear Lake Campground

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14 Reviews

11650 Munson Hwy Blackwater State Forest, Milton, FL 32570-9332

Phone: 850-957-5700

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

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63 Reviews

5533 Alabama St, Milton, FL 32570-7313

Phone: (850) 983-5338

Coldwater Gardens

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22 Reviews

7009 Creek Stone Rd, Milton, FL 32570-9423

Phone: 850-426-1300

Naval Live Oaks Reservation

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93 Reviews

Pensacola, FL

Phone: 850-934-2600

Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

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57 Reviews

5709 Mill Pond Ln, Milton, FL 32583-1788

Phone: 850-626-3084

Bagdad Mill Site Park

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3 Reviews

4636 Forsyth St, Bagdad, FL 32530

Phone: 850-982-1804

Blue Basket Farms

8655 Hwy 89, Milton, FL 32570

Phone: 850-623-0652

Cambridge Farms

3200 Deloach Ln, Milton, FL 32570

Phone: 850-855-6420

The Strawberry Farm

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2 Reviews

8687 Evers Rd, Milton, FL 32570-9762

Phone: 850-957-8500


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