Sitting on the northern shoreline of its namesake, Big Lagoon State Park's 655 upland acres separate the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural communities, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands offer splendid opportunities for nature study. The park also beckons visitors to camp, swim, fish, boat, canoe and hike. Crabbing in the shallow waters of Big Lagoon is a popular activity as well. The West Beach picnic area, shaded by pines and oaks, is just the place to enjoy a relaxing meal.

I loved this little hike-the trail was a little confusing at times but I figured it out and enjoyed it overall. Trail is mostly soft sand which wouldn’t be so easy for those with back issues. I loved seeing the colors of winter, saw the cutest armadillo, a family of deer and waterfowl playing in the cove.

An "ok" place for walking but it was no hike. The trail was not properly marked.. Also not properly marked in the app... so we did get "lost". The trail is almost all sand.. Not a place I will be returning too. No military discount. $6 per car

great walk, areas under construction created less hiking area

Returned to do the lower portion of the trail and observation deck. This is a much better view with plenty of wildlife compared to the upper loop. I recommend doing the east side trails, not west across the park road.

trail running
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I do not recommend these trails for the trail runner- most of the trail is super sandy and hard to navigate. The first mile of the loop was pretty, but then it just turned into scrub with not much to see. At one point I was in a yard of someone's house with no clear indication of trail. Needs better signage on the last mile.

Easy, but beautiful. Egrets, pelicans, fish jumping in the lagoon. A nice break from the city.

A nice trail to get away from the beach. Saw an osprey best on the trail. The trail gets confusing where it crosses the road past the ranger's station.

The park is great. If you like watching military aircraft then you will love this park.