University of West Florida Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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University of West Florida is a 5 mile loop trail located near Pensacola, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Don't hike at night, lots of cross trails and creeks.
What is a "true" Hike?
Seeing as their are no true hikes in the flat lands of Pensacola fl these trails are pretty decent. There are plenty of trails to choose from depending on the distance you'd like. I would advise to take a picture of the map that shows the different trails if you've never been there as it can get confusing. Overall these scenic trails provide a relaxed run or hike.
Great trail with many options. Take a picture with your phone of the trail map so you can figure out where you are so if you want to extend your hike you know where to go. Great for all skill levels
awesome trails. getting the most of the land with options of distances and challenges.
We’ve hiked all over NW Florida, from Perdido to Munson to Gulf Breeze to Eglin; but we’d stayed away from the UWF trails because of some of the older postings / rankings / ratings. What a BIG mistake! The trails at UWF are outstanding! For hiking and cross country the trails are excellent. For MTB the trails are superb!
For hiking, park in LOT G (near building 13) and take the boardwalk trail around. There are two places to get off the boardwalk and start a great network of clearly marked trails. For MTB, there is a separate trail head off Pate Road (near the power plant).
We’ll be back!
I love doing this trail. I do the red trail which is almost ten miles all the way around. It takes a few hours to complete and no matter how many people are there, it's so long that you end up feeling like you're the last human on earth. It's very quiet, extremely shaded and very enjoyable. Wear good hiking shoes/ sneakers and definitely bring a few bottles of Gatorade with you. This is a trail do NOT want to run out of steam in once you cross the half way point. It's a great training trail and like I said, you can hike safely and at your own pace no matter how many cars are in the parking lot. Give it a go!!
I live near here and have been jogging on these trails for several years. I'm shocked to see people have given this area 1-star reviews. That makes absolutely no sense. The board walk is a half-mile loop from the parking lot. We take our toddlers on this loop a few times each year and let them feed the fish and turtles where the boardwalk crosses the pond. (Bring old bread!)
As other reviewers have noted there are 2 places in the boardwalk where you can hop onto the trails. Both will lead you to the same sign that has a diagram of the MANY trails and routes you can take. It is not uncommon to see bikers and horses so stay alert. There are areas built up by the bikers with ramps, bridges and banked turns. Many of the trails are wide and easy to hike, and some are steeper and more challenging. Spend an hour or a day. The main thing to know is that from about May until September the deer flies will about eat you alive in some areas. I typically try to enjoy this area during the cooler months for that reason.
UWF calls the area I'm describing as the West Campus Trails. There is a parking area just off Pate Street that is publicly accessible, although it looks as though you are entering Gulf Power's Crist Plant at the road entrance.
The official trail map is completely wrong sadly. For well over twenty miles of great mountain bike trails you should check out the trail entrance on pate road just before the private property sign on the right
I love this trail! You can make it a lot longer than 3 miles. You can take several other trails that branch away from the board walk. It's an easy hike, we loved it!