Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
45.20 mi (72.74 km)
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This section of the Florida Scenic Trail winds through Eglin Air Force Base Reservation property, and it is well known for its beautiful - and tall - longleaf pine forests. While much of Florida is flat, hikers here will enjoy moderate changes in elevation as the path traverses ravine and sandhill ecosystems.

The hike can be divided into two sections or done over a series of days - camping is available through multiple sites on the trail. In addition to the rare longleaf pine, the trail crosses clear steephead streams. When rainwater and other precipitation lands on the hills surrounding the creeks, they pass through the sand that makes up the knolls, emerging clear and cool beneath the hills. These streams provide habitat to a host of unique fish species, including the federally threatened Okaloosa Darter. 

Other wildlife can be seen frequently from the trail, including bright Green Anoles, dozens of bird species, White-tailed Deer, and more. Fishing is possible in a variety of small ponds near the trails and campsites. Because the trail is not a loop, it is necessary to leave a car at both ends, shuttle, or turn back and retrace your steps. Additionally, a special pass is required to hike the trail and spend the night.

Note: Trails in this area may be closed due to Air Force exercises. Hikers must check in at kiosks along the trail.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Other

Open Year-round

Yes

Days

3

Pros

Beautiful trail. Unique seepage creeks.

Cons

Long stretches of trail between accessways. Few maps.

Features

Backcountry camping
Bird watching
Wildlife
Wildflowers
Fishing
Family friendly
Near lake or river
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day

Yes

Permit required

Yes

Permit self-issue on site

No

Location

Field Guide

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