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New trail offerings at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park now offers four miles of trail opportunities in their previously undeveloped southern section of the park. In addition to the popular spring area, the park has converted their service roads, which spans approximately four miles. This portion of the park offers scenic views of upland, bottomland, and wetland areas. The trail is moderate terrain and suitable for hiking or biking. Recently burned in March 2018, new wiregrass and vegetation are reappearing in abundance. Along...

Guided ecological journey down Econfina Creek Aug. 11

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER Join UF/IFAS Extension Agents and other experts as we explore Econfina Creek. This unique creek contains numerous springs including the first magnitude Gainer Springs Group that discharges more than 100 million gallons per day. The Econfina eventually flows into Deer Point Lake and St Andrew Bay. Deer Point Lake provides Bay County’s drinking supply. The participants in the program will not only learn about the local natural history of this panhandle waterway but about some of the issues these unique habitats are...

Explore the beautiful paddling trails of Eglin Air Force Base recreation area

Northwest Florida offers and abundance of spectacular recreation opportunities. Beautiful beaches, crystal clear springs, and what seem as though never-ending hiking trails, there are natural areas to please any outdoor enthusiast. One such area off the beaten path is Eglin Air Force Base Reservation. Spanning across Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties, Eglin offers 250,000 acres conditionally open to the public for hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, and paddling. However, you must acquire a recreation permit to enjoy the many...

Twists and turns keep you paddling on Turkey Creek

Turkey Creek paddle full of beautiful surprises One of Northwest Florida’s most scenic waterways is the narrow, seepage spring fed Turkey Creek just west of Niceville. Located on Eglin Air Force Base Reservation, just off of SR 85, Turkey Creek meanders through the Reservation offering a challenging and beautiful paddle approximately 9 miles long. Swift and clear, the first two thirds of the paddle is tight, filled with twists and turns, and beautiful vistas as you maneuver the waterway. Trees...