University of West Florida Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews

University of West Florida Trail is a 2.8 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.

2.8 miles
144 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running




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.

19 days ago

Great trail. Needs better markings for the different routes within the trail.

5 months ago

Great trail! Lots of wildlife and insects. Be prepared for yellow flies, bees, and snakes. The trail can be moderately difficult at times; allowing for a great workout.

trail running
6 months ago

Make sure you look at the map on the trail so you know where you're going

7 months ago

Great little trail if you don't want to venture far away from the city.

trail running
10 months ago

Pretty good for the Florida Panhandle. More elevation change than you'd expect and a short stretch along the river.

Apple maps really struggles with navigation around UWF; park in the NW corner of lot G by the Anthropology and Environmental Science building. Trailhead is behind the building.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice trails. I like how some of the trees are labeled around the boardwalk.

Monday, February 06, 2017

windy parhways, well blazed

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nice trails!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Don't hike at night, lots of cross trails and creeks.

Monday, December 19, 2016

What is a "true" Hike?

Monday, November 14, 2016

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.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

awesome trails. getting the most of the land with options of distances and challenges.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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!

Friday, May 06, 2016

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!!

trail running
Monday, April 25, 2016

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.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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!

mountain biking
Thursday, October 01, 2015


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Great boardwalks at beginning of trails. The trail splits several times. I actually got lost but it was easy to get back on track. I did alot of geocaching/walking on these trails but saw lots of signs of mountain biking. This property borders the Escambia River and the woodlands owned by the power company so the exploring possiblilites are endless.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The best mtb trail in the south east. Something for everyone just have to know where it is. has trail maps

trail running
Monday, May 26, 2014

For right now there is fallen tree blocking the boardwalk and it looks like it's closed off with ripped caution signs. Wouldn't recommend it

Monday, February 24, 2014

Good boardwalk trail in the sanctuary. It's a lot of fun to do at night with a big group (for safety). Getting off the boardwalk can get confusing, but there are guides here and there.

mountain biking
Thursday, November 28, 2013

I finally got a chance to try mountain biking for the first time, and it was a blast, however I got lost, I planned for 40 minutes and ended up being there for over 2 hours trying to find my way back, good experience but next time I am going there with someone that is familiar with it.

mountain biking
Thursday, February 07, 2013


mountain biking
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Go to porc website for info. uwf trails are amazing. large active community of rider/volunteers that maintain them.

trail running
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Best trail around the Pensacola area. Trail map is not to scale so it's easy to get lost, but let's be honest, most of us LOVE being able to "get lost" :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Nice long trail. Great for a workout because of the increase and decrease of elevation. I've seen deer roam through here.

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