Bayou Marcus Birding Trail

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Pensacola, Florida

Bayou Marcus Birding Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pensacola, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 19 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

Gate open from 6 AM to 5PM daily.

hiking
1 hour ago

This trail is back in an area near a waste water treatment plant. It is elevated and Boardwalk. Some areas are shaded and some full sun. We went at 3pm. It was hot; but still very pretty. Didn’t see any birds but heard them. In the early morning you will probably see more. It is nice to have a walking spot near home. A nice place to get the kids out and walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little elevated walk through the woods. Wife and I brought the pup along and we all enjoyed the walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk, all on the boardwalk. A lot of people were there around 4pm.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy hike for families. It is pretty much all boardwalk. Not too busy, which was nice. Parts are shaded and other parts are not. Might need sunscreen on a very sunny day. It is elevated above a water treatment place which is kind of weird. But we had fun looking at the little fish.

Beautiful day for a Covid walk!

enjoyable elevated boardwalk with beautiful tree canopy... didn't see many birds though

walking
1 month ago

Great place for a walk, for you andyour dog. If your dog has soft pads might wanna consider some booties for their feets.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little walk. Too close to town and not much wildlife. Good for little kids though.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice condition. Lots of shade and benches to stop and relax. Plenty of room and okay to bring dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely wonderful trail! Well maintained deck that spans the entirety of the hike except for the first little bit getting to the deck which is gravel Ed but there is a ramp up to the deck so very stroller friendly. There are covered benches along the deck where you can sit. This trail is a must see if you want an easy nature hike that you don’t want to get dirty on.

Didn’t see any birds (I was looking forward to that). The boardwalk is nice though :)

hiking
4 months ago

All boardwalk but very nice. Could be a great birding area during certain seasons.

hiking
5 months ago

The Bayou Marcus Birding Trail is a relaxing, easy in and out on a boardwalk with lots of benches along the way. We thought it was the perfect way to start 2020 with a walk here on a cool January day. We enjoyed listening to the birds and as a bonus we saw an armadillo rooting around..

walking
5 months ago

This was a beautiful walk on Dec. 5th. It was a warm day! I can't wait for spring when all the birds, flowers and butterflies are out. Several rest stops along the way. Peaceful place to sit. I can see where bug repellents would be needed in the Spring/Summer as it is through wetlands on a raised boardwalk. There are 2 sides from the parking area off of Alekia. To the left goes to a pond and to the right goes to a wooded area. They do not meet.

hiking
7 months ago

Large Rattle Snake a mile in with my one year old son . Be very careful.

hiking
7 months ago

Always love this one. Boardwalk needs some maintenance but it is perfectly walkable.

hiking
8 months ago

Quite very relaxing.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
Sun May 12 2019

hiking
Wed Apr 10 2019

So far we have gone 3 times, my wife and 2 kids ( Ages 5 and 1).We have seen armadillos and turtles. Nice walk. We will continue to go back until it is too hot. Trail is an out and back. The boardwalk is in decent condition that my daughter takes her bike and rides most of it.

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

Good board walk trail with gravel path at first. Bring good walking or running shoes for a good workout. Burn the calories! This is an outlet spot for processed waste water so it smells a little bit weird but not too bad. Saw some small fish, snakes, and minnows. Never walk alone. Gate closes at 7 pm.

hiking
Sun Feb 03 2019

The University of West Florida Trail is better, in my opinion.

hiking
Wed Jan 30 2019

elevated walkways. decent little walk, close to my side of town.

Wed Dec 19 2018

Easy walk on a boardwalk. Perfect if you have a stroller like we did.

walking
Sun Nov 25 2018

Lovely and quiet. Almost no one there on a beautiful "fall"weather day! Boardwalk is awesome for kids and adults alike for an easy stroll. Not many birds or other wildlife but we still loved it. Some boards are in disrepair so watch your steps, and some shady areas were somewhat slick from mildew build up on them.

walking
Fri Oct 19 2018

A nice boardwalk. Easy access and an easy walk. Nice for kids to run on. Don’t forget to look over the rails for turtles

Fri Aug 17 2018

spiders galore!

hiking
Wed Jun 27 2018

It’s a nice quiet boardwalk. I would not recommend for an afternoon hike with the sun overhead as the trees do not reach over the path. The water pipes emptying along the way give it a nice ambiance. Very easy walk with shady spots to stop and rest at along the way. Not a lot of wildlife, only saw a handful of birds, and there are black flies which bite.

walking
Fri Jun 22 2018

My kids loved this trail! We didn’t get to finish it but we are going back Sunday!

Mon Jun 18 2018

My husband and our dog walked this trail today. We had such a good time. It was beautiful and our dog really enjoyed it. Most of the walk is on an elevated platform which is very nice especially if you want to run. You also don’t have to worry so much about snakes. Which we saw several down below us in the water. It was a beautiful little hike and we enjoyed seeing all the wildlife.

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