Explore the most popular trails in Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve is home to four species of endangered pitcher plants, as well as other rare and endangered plant species. The rare, carnivorous white-top pitcher plant is unique to the Gulf Coast and found only between the Apalachicola and Mississippi rivers. Almost 100 other rare plants and animals depend on the wet prairie habitat, including the alligator snapping turtle, sweet pitcher plant, and Chapman's butterwort. A boardwalk offers visitors a view of the wild and beautiful Tarkiln Bayou. Visitors can enjoy a picnic and then take a hike on the nature trails to observe the rare plants and animals. For a more adventurous outing, visitors can take a day-hike across the park to the Perdido River.

Long trail was closed due to upcoming prescribed burn. Bayou trail was nice but board walk was very slippery

Love this trail. Very peaceful and quiet. It can be very wet and lots of mosquitoes present Spring, Summer, and Fall.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike with my puppy!!!

Tipical Florida trail lots of pine trees and palmettos reason I give this trail 5stars is the beach walk! Take a break and enjoy sea breeze.

I've been here several times. The first couple miles can be pretty wet but the stretch along the bay is beautiful with scrub oaks, Spanish moss and Palmetto. Great beach spots too. Last fall there was a lot of trail maintenance done, widening the interior trails and spurs.

walking
6 months ago

This was a very laid back sort of hike. 72°all day walkin thru a wide path with great views of Perdido Bay.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful scenery. Excellent for birding and/or walking your dog. Don’t forget to check out the 2 mile loop on the opposite side of the road. It’s a nice grassy trail with plenty of pitcher plants to admire.

trail running
9 months ago

It’s a beautifully scenic trail for a good run/walk/hike. Easy course, but some sandy areas make for a small fun challenge every now and then.

hiking
11 months ago

The trail follows dirt roads that predate the park. The inland segments traverse Longleaf Pine / Saw Palmettos habitats with open vistas. The segment along Perdido Bay is canopied with a mix of oaks, pines and some hickory. The secluded beach alone is worth the hike! The short trail segment bordering Blue Angel Recreation Area traverses a wetland and is often muddy. The trail is blazed white and is very easy to follow.

hiking
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A great 5.6 mile trail whether it’s dry or muddy. A great workout. Just bring some trekking poles and you’ll be able to maneuver over muddy areas by stepping on downed logs etc.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

When I want a bit more of a fun hike where I have to look to find trails and solve problems to get past obstacles(mud) the 5 mile loop is it. There is also a nice mile walk to the Bayou that's great for walking with children. It's complete board walked and wheel chair accessible. The view at the end is wonderful.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

If you’re training for a tough mudder, this is your trail. I don’t mind running through mud or streams, but stagnant swamp water completely covering the trail is not ideal. A couple bucks entry on the honor system means the park has no operating funds (saw a half dozen people all just walk on in without paying today), so I’m not too surprised. Despite that, somehow they are managing to do work and add new trails that are ever so slightly less underwater. Unfortunately they are not always well marked and I ended up going the wrong way in a couple places. But where the trail isn’t submerged, it’s in great shape! The views are nice enough—not really anything noteworthy. Overall, didn’t have a very positive experience.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Easy Florida trail. Great views of the bayou.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

a little rough in the beginning churned up muddy path, but still passable. We took a slight detour and walked along the beach very peaceful.

hiking
Friday, December 22, 2017

I pushed my son in a job stroller. the first mile or two sucked it's boggy from machinery... the rest was excellent!

hiking
Thursday, November 23, 2017

BEWARE: They are SUPER serious about locking the gates on time. Make sure you time your hike out well.

Also, if it’s been super rainy for a while, a lot of the trail will be impossible to get through, right in the beginning.

It is otherwise one of my favorite trails.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Not bad at all. It's actually pretty nice. $3 to enter. Ensure you go when it's dry. Trail is not marked good at all.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Starts out a nice trail but during the summer it's very humid. after raining it has many large puddles making it hard to follow the trail.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Did this one last year. Waited a few days after it rained but much of it was still wet with large pools of water. Some parts of the trail can get confusing because some of the trail markers are covered in brush making it difficult especially when there are two paths to take. Because of the humidity and bugs I'd suggest waiting until winter for this one.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

well worth the hike for the view

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beautiful, easy trail. Enjoyed the solitude of a scenic lunch at the point watching osprey dive for fish.

walking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The portion of the trail I went to was labeled "Tarkin Bayou Preserve. It was $3 just to park there. The longer portion of the trail wasn't maintained well (flooded in several areas, ruts). Pretty but not worth $3 in my humble opinion.

hiking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

it was very fun. saw deer tracks and raccoon tracks. very awesome. Definitely gonna do it again.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

great day hike, takes you out to a point that is beach and ocean. it does loop as long on you ver to the right going back toward the parking area. some tall grass, nothing crazy but it is a nice option versus the out & back on same trail.

mountain biking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Did some geocaching and biking. A portion of the 5.9 trail is clearly defined. The second part of the loop has not been cut in a while. Used Garmin along the trail. Some very sandy areas. Over all beautiful area with water views.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

easy hike absolutely beautiful

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

The trail that takes you to the lake is okay but we tried to do one of the long hikes but ran into knee high grass for about half a mile before we turned around. They need to maintain the trails better, I'm not trying to step on snakes!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

trail is kept up and has plenty of shade for this hot weather.

hiking
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Awesome and clean

hiking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Wide trails, lots of bay views, perfect for dogs

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