Explore the most popular lake trails near Santa Rosa Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gentle trail accessible to even the youngest children. Variety of environments in a short walk: small tree area, dunes, lake, and big pine area all with the sounds of the ocean in the distance. Watch out for mosquitoes and poison ivy.

mountain biking
2 months ago

At least 1/2 this trail is fire roads and low on scenery. The area must have had a controlled burn recently, so low foliage is gone and the Longleaf pines were scorched. If your riding this trail, be ready for lots of sand. Have some very fat tires! A much more enjoyable trail is the Blue Trail on the western side of 395 (between 395 and 283). Mostly single track, lots of scenery.

trail running
2 months ago

2 miles of exposed pavement from Seaside.
Bring 2 bucks entry fee. Actually 3 trails with yellow shortest and can add red and orange trails for total of 10-11 miles of trail. I did yellow and red. Red was mostly dirt road and needs new paint on markers. Got feet wet at 2 creeks. Basically a pine tree farm w some other plants, birds..

Nice trail along the inner marsh with white sand dunes and pine trees. Please stay off the sand dunes and respect the signs that point out the trail. It forms a short loop easily done in 20 minutes. Great for the family. Some shade once you hit the pine trees, and open sun when you're in the dune area. Be sure to wear footwear you don't mind getting sand in!

5 months ago

I really enjoyed this walk. The lake was beautiful. Enjoyed a lunch with my girlfriend.

mountain biking
8 months ago

I just completed this trail about 40 miles roundtrip. It is paved all the way. The scenry along highway 30-A is really awesome. When you ride through those small communiteis like seaside and others.. you will see a lot of traffic on the path of walkers and bikers.. so you will have to take it slow through those places.

Also, pay attention to the signs, because in several places you will have to cross the road to pick up the trail.. but they do a very good job of posting mile markers and signs along the way.

Ummmm. This is a sidewalk along a road. Yes beautiful ocean views and manicured neighborhoods. Admittedly I only did 2 miles because.... it is a sidewalk

road biking
9 months ago

Great views of the ocean the majority of the way. Well manicured trail. Do the full pull to Panama City Beach if you have a morning to kill.

A bike path you will never forget. Beautiful scenery

Nice easy flat trail. Well marked and I seem to be the only one on the trail whenever I go.

trail running
9 months ago

Topsail is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! I travel here every year and it is always a serene and beautiful experience! There are coastal dune lake and lots of trails through pine forests. I always see an abundance of wildlife! Hike out to Cambell Lake it is mesmerizing! I read the landscape here is only found in a handful of places in the world! It feels exotic and out of this world!

mountain biking
9 months ago

There are actually 3 loops (yellow, orange & red) with a total distance of ~ 20 miles. Signage could use some improvements. Overall the trails are good and certainly better than riding paved bike trails.

mountain biking
10 months ago

This was a great park... but you will have to pay to get in. There are paved parts and their are dirt trails as well. I had planned to bike the big loop, but it became much to sandy once I got off the paved roads. So be aware that the unpaved trails are mostly for hiking, not biking. This means the actual paved part of the park that is available for biking is limited and short. you can kinda ride the paved trail over and over as I did to get up to about 10 miles in total.

At the end where you walk onto the beach is actually awesome.. I great place to sit and relax after the bike ride.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I Google Earth measured the highlighted trail section and at most it is 5 to 5.5 miles long, where is the rest of it? I have not actually hiked it yet.

Friday, April 28, 2017

This is one of my favorite places close to home. It's very peaceful and the views are gorgeous. The rangers are so friendly and helpful. It's a very short trail, but the powdery white sand and palmetto groves are hard to resist! If you enjoy barefoot hikes, you will love this one.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Easy trail with ok markings. We hiked it with a 6 year old and the area was easy for him, though a little long. Would do it again!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I am SO confused as to how anybody has had a positive experience on this trail. This trail comes close to the worst trail I have ever been on. Perhaps if you are biking instead of hiking it would be better? 1/2 of this trail is dirt road. A dirt road that is frequented by locals that like to blaze down said roads in their jeeps in packs. After the 8th jeep passed me, I was covered in a red halo of dirt from the road. In addition, when the road 'ended' with a big metal pole driven in the middle of it to prevent road traffic, I was surprised to be passed by another jeep that decided to just go around said pole. There is little to no shade on the 'trail'. I have hiked all over this country and have never given a trail two stars, much less one. The last straw was the huge 'doughnut' ruts in the middle of road intersections, along with piles of bottles and beer cans at pull offs from the road... oh I mean trail. I came out here to hike a beautiful trail, and didn't turn around only because it counts towards to Florida Forest service Trailwalker program.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We explored the red and orange trails. The orange, which isn't mapped on All Trails, is one of the most interesting and well marked trails we've tried! Definitely worth the red trail hike to get there. Bring loads of water as there isn't any available. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We happened along this trail while walking down the 30A beach. It has lovely views of the sand dunes and beach. Once in the woods the trail markers are sparse. Bring a trail app or at the very least have your Google maps going. For car-less hikers this trail can get you from the beach on 30A to Walmart on 98.

mountain biking
Friday, March 24, 2017

Took my TREK hybrid with decent tires (somewhat knobby) thru the YELLOW trail. Plenty of sandy areas to be "portaged", but it helps work on bike skills and adds to leg workout.

Friday, January 27, 2017

mostly road on the 6 mile hike - I was disappointed, however, the puppies loved it!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

the 5.9 mile portion of the trail was pretty good. well made bridges, beautiful scenery and a maintained trail but, almost half of that portion was road.

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beautiful day on the trail. Decided to do 11 mi loop. Trail was moderately travelled. First 8 mi were mostly trail. Surprised 2 black bears, mother and yearling at the furthest extent. 50 yards off trail in scrub. Last 4-5 miles were slogging thru tough sand traps mostly on roads. Not much rain recently contributes to sand traps. Loved the ride. Lots of flowers. Very challenging last few miles. I would turn about mile 7 to avoid the sand on the roads.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A friend and I did hiked the shortest trail today with our kids aged 4 and 10. We all enjoyed it very much, found it picturesque. We saw a pigmy rattler so beware! There were a lot of different butterflies. I would not rate it as difficult, it's barely moderate. A definite must!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Its ok a lot of deforesting there. I didn't see any wildlife or birds but I went when weather was very hot out.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My favorite place for the beach

Monday, August 01, 2016

Its a flat, wooded forest that isn't really maintained, but gets use from walkers, bikes, horses and vehicles. Still its a nice loop to make close to town and the campground.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nice easy trail in the state park. Beautiful beach. Interesting trail. Could not finish because a low spot was too muddy and we were not prepared.

road biking
Monday, December 14, 2015

Some mixed reviews on here an I wanted to set the record straight
First off I am a novice mountain biker an found these trails to be challenging there are areas of loose sand that are deep an had to come off the bike on 3 separate occasions to make it through trails are well marked an there are arrows letting you know about trail junctions
We rode this yesterday an had a blast would like to see more obstacles if possible downed trees to cross ect.
We did the yellow to orange loop (6miles) an got a heat work out in legs were burning especially in the loose sand areas so know your limits park is well maintained an even had a unisex bathroom at the trail head
Overall great experience an looking forward to going back

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