Navarre, Fl is located on Santa Rosa Island and is one of the top beach destinations in the United States. Every year, thousands of people troop there to indulge in the sugary white sand and emerald blue water.
Besides picturesque beaches, Navarre is also home to tasty foods and an intimate scenery that you won’t easily find anywhere else in Florida. So, whether you just love the beaches or are a retiree looking to escape the snow for beautiful, sunny beaches, Navarre is a great option to consider.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best parks and outdoor activities Navarre has to offer.
1. Navarre Beach
Navarre Beach is unarguably one of Florida’s best-kept secrets for eco-adventures. If you’re looking for a fun-filled and relaxing vacation by the beach under the sunny skies and in warm temperatures, Navarre Beach is the place to be. It isn’t crowded, boasts soft sands and the emerald waves are soothing to the soul.
If you’re coming for the first time, you’ll especially find the snow-white, sandy coastline to be gorgeous. It stretches for miles, and the waters are quite calm, making it a great place for those who just want to enjoy swimming.
2. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
The goal of the conservation center is to impress upon the community the importance of conserving marine resources for future generations. Although it’s small, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is certainly interesting and engaging, not only for kids but also for adults.
You’ll get to see and feed the different animals they care for, as well as learn about the importance of conservation. What’s more, all the proceeds from the gift shop go to conservation efforts!
3. Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary
Looking to dive, snorkel or experience a glass-bottom kayak tour? If so, then you’ll definitely love what Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary has to offer.
It’s worthwhile for all ages, the guides are friendly and you’ll be able to see a lot of fish and sea turtles. Plus, the reefs are easily accessible even to the average swimmer, as they’re only about 80 yards offshore. The depth ranges anywhere between ten and fifteen feet, so it’s just a little deeper than the deepest end of a swimming pool.
You’ll also find marine life to be fascinating as you swim alongside all kinds of tropical fish, from damsels to triggerfish and butterflyfish to turtles. There’s also an octopus, as well as several stingrays that have recently taken up residence in the reef. If you’re extremely lucky, you’ll be able to spot some dolphins swimming through the reef as well.
4. Blackwater Heritage State Trail
One of the most rewarding results of a partnership between the U.S. Navy and Florida’s Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection is the nearly 10-mile Blackwater Heritage State Trail.
It extends all the way from the historic town of Milton north to the U.S. Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The trail trespasses through white-topped pitcher plants, a bay/cypress swamp and pine woods. For convenient access, the trail has an asphalt surface, making the ride enjoyable through the flat rural and urban areas.
The Blackwater Heritage State Trail is a great place for walking, rollerblading, and biking. It’s well-maintained, centrally located and long enough to have a great experience. The scenery is also spectacular, as you’ll get to cross a few streams and get to see lots of different flora.
There are also annual events that are conducted on the trail. They include the Blackwater Bicycle Festival, Dog Walks, Children’s Mardi Gras and Fenner McConnel.
5. Cotton Bayou Trail
Just like the name implies, the Cotton Bayou Trail starts near the tip of the Cotton Bayou and a small beach area in Orange Beach (Southern Alabama). From there, the trail continues for a mile through the wetlands and dense vegetation of Gulf State Park. Cotton Bayou Trail functions as a transportation alternative to the Gulf State Park’s campground village.
Explore the wide, pine-lined trails, curving as you go further through the park. There are many activities to choose from. Sunbathe along the wetland banks, visit the alligator habitat, tour the Rosemary Dunes, relax in the Butterfly Garden, climb the Boulder Park or picnic at the Pavilion.
6. Fort Morgan Road Trail
Fort Morgan Road Trail spans 5.6 miles from Peninsular Blvd. to Gulf Shore Parkway and is a rails-to-trails success story. It’s an old rail line that connects the Peninsula Golf and Racket Club in the east to the Rouses Shopping Center in the west.
Fort Morgan Road Trail is popular, and its paved line has multiple uses. The trail meanders through peaceful tree-lined neighborhoods, coastal marshes, cypress groves, sand dunes and pine forests.
It’s perfect for a short stroll, a family bike ride or a relaxing hike through Alabama Gulf Coast’s native wilderness.
7. Gulf Breeze Parkway Trail
The Gulf Breeze Parkway Trail spans 3 miles and acts as a useful transportation route for pedestrians and cyclists looking to navigate the beachside communities alongside the western section of the panhandle.
Generally, the trail is smooth and wide except for some narrower stretches along the western end. Although the adjacent road may not be quite scenic nor quiet, the amazing Florida woods to the south help improve the surroundings and offer some much-needed shade.
8. Pensacola Beach Trail
The Pensacola Beach Trail is a multi-use trail that runs along Fort Pickens Road and Via de Luna Drive in Pensacola Beach, Florida. It mostly runs alongside two roads, but still offers spectacular ocean views – always staying within 100 yards of the Gulf front.
You can start from either end of the trail. If you start from the east, all you’ll see on both sides is sand and water, as it will take you through the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park. If you follow the trail west, you’ll end just outside Fort Pickens, which is also part of the park system.
The total round trip is about 55 miles. It’s flat, and you’ll definitely find it to be quite pleasant.
As can be seen, Navarre is a beautiful beach town perfect for beachside and outdoor lovers. The beaches are gorgeous, the locals friendly and all of it is located just an hour away from both Pensacola and Destin.
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