A Florida Trail Gateway Community – where hikers walk right through the historic downtown – Crestview is located on a high ridge and receives a high amount of rainfall each year.
Eglin Air Force Base
There are many public recreational opportunities on Eglin Air Force Base, ranging from car camping to oceanfront access to mountain bike trails to a major segment of the Florida Trail. No matter whether hiking, biking, camping, fishing, or hunting, recreation users must be in possession of an Eglin Outdoor Recreation permit before entering the base. Obtain your Outdoor Recreation permit online.
Before heading out on any of Eglin's trails, call 850-882-4164 or check the Public Access Map online to ensure that portion of the base is open FPCON DELTA status means the entire base is closed to public access.
Eglin Air Force Base is an active military base. If you notice any sort of ordinance – rocket, bomb, hand grenade – do not approach it but note the location and call Eglin Security Forces at 850-882-2502 to report it.
Wear a bright orange shirt or vest during hunting seasons. Check the Eglin iSportsman website for hunting season dates.
DeFuniak Springs is the county seat of Walton County, its historic residential district clustered around a perfectly round spring-fed lake exactly a mile in circumference.
An oceanfront community in Walton County, Destin has a string of natural lands protecting some of the world’s rarest lakes, the coastal dunes lakes.
12.9 miles. With significant botanical beauty, rugged climbs, and nice campsites, the Alaqua section of the Florida Trail in Eglin Air Force Base is one of the most scenic parts of the trail statewide.
14.1 miles. Climbing to the highest elevations along the Florida Trail, the challenging Catface section traverses hilly terrain along the northern edge of Eglin Air Force Base.
98.3 miles. One of the most compelling sections of the Florida Trail for backpackers, Eglin offers rugged elevation changes and crystalline waterways.
41 miles. Simultaneously rugged and scenic: that’s the beauty of a backpacking trip across the Alaqua, Catface, and Titi sections of the Florida Trail in Eglin Air Force Base.
14.8 miles. Paralleling the floodplain of Titi Creek and its tributaries, this hike on the Florida Trail across Eglin will surprise you with its mature longleaf pine forests and its steep descents into creek basins.
14.3 miles. Bordered by the tangled floodplain forests of the Yellow River to the north, the Weaver Creek section of the Florida Trail traverses the western side of Eglin Air Force Base on high, dry sandhills topped with longleaf pine forest and planted pine.
One of the largest and oldest communities in Okaloosa County, Fort Walton Beach sits between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, with Eglin Air Force Base to the north.