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At the south end of Santa Rosa County, Navarre is a gateway to the western side of Eglin Air Force Base and vast stretches of unspoiled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Trail passes right through both Navarre and its barrier island Navarre Beach en route to the northern terminus at Fort Pickens.
Florida Trail, Seashore
32.3 miles. In addition to several bike paths and the wild and scenic UWF-SRIA Dunes Preserve, the Seashore section of the Florida Trail walks you along a beach to the trail’s Northern Terminus.
Gulf Islands National Seashore protects a lengthy stretch of waterfront along CR 399 on Santa Rosa Island, a windswept area where the footpath for hikers is the beach.
To the west along US 98, the Naval Live Oaks Area in Gulf Breeze protects an ancient live oak grove once used for Navy shipbuilding.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Stretching across three Gulf Coast states, Gulf Islands National Seashore protects portions of the barrier islands between Navarre Beach, Florida and Gulfport, Mississippi.
Trails and Parks near Navarre
Finding Pitcher plants in Santa Rosa County
In mid-April, the pitcher plants of Santa Rosa County are at their peak of bloom. During the 2013 Panhandle Trace Hike, we went in search of them and here’s what we found.