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“Scrubby and sparse”

Naval Live Oaks Reservation
Ranked #19 of 112 things to do in Pensacola
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors can view wildlife and fabulous flora and fauna from one of the many nature trails in this 1,000 acres of woods.
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I love to hike and explore all things nature, but I just couldn't get into this place.
Lots of scrubby brush...not sure where any of the 'live oaks' were as I didn't see anything.
Trails were so so....sandy, but uninteresting.

1  Thank travelingmom3333
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Naval Live Oaks is not hard to get to but be careful if you mapquest for it because it will put you on the hiking trail side of the reservation. Since our son is in a wheelchair, the path that is accessible is on the side that has the education building. The path is .8 miles long and takes you through totally undeveloped areas. Along this path is signage showing the types of animals and snakes you could come across. It is a nice afternoon walk.

Thank Dodie_12
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

This park is off of Hwy 98 in Gulf Breeze. The park is open 7 days a week (except big holidays), but the building for education is closed on the weekends. The park does offer a lot of education opportunities about the habitat of this part of Fl and the creatures who share it. Behind the building is a short walkway (boardwalk) through the Florida Scrub. You will see a map at the beginning of a more crude trail off this boardwalk, but I did not take it, so am unable to tell you how passable or easy to navigate (perhaps another reviewer can comment on this). I would imagine that most of the people who come to this park, do so to enjoy a picnic with family/friends and just enjoy time sitting next to the Bay. Your view is the Pensacola Bay and you can see the bridge to the Beach and some of the high rises. There are quite a few picnic tables and each one has a small barbecue next to it. I did not see any covered tables. There are bathroom facilities in the middle of the park. Parking was plentiful. They even have oversized parking spots for RV's.
You can take a walk along the shores of this park which can be a nice hike. The area is a little marshy, so how easy a walk is may depend on the level of the tide. There is NO swimming at the park. There are signs stating that this is a preserve for marine life and things like walking over the area, can destroy some of the plant life. They do not want people launching small boats from there either. So look and admire the water only please.
Some people who might be interested in this park may be birders or photography enthusiasts. The farther I got away from the picnic area, the more I heard and saw birds. And photographers may find some interesting scenery to photograph.
Bike riders: There is not anywhere to ride your bikes in this park, but there is a walking/jogging/bike trail along hwy 98 right outside this park. It runs from the Bridge to a little south of this park. This park would be a good place to park your car to use this trail. (I believe 3 miles along hwy 98 one way)
I am not sure if I would travel a long distance just for this park. And if I was on a quick vacation to the area, not sure I would include this on my top 5 list. But if you have lived or vacationed here often, you should check this park out. I enjoyed a day away from the beach and just admiring the Bay for a little while.

5  Thank maxona
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Me and my wife come here often to get away and enjoy the nature trail and the fresh air. very relaxing and worth the trip from Pace. A historical part of our lives that we will always cherish.

Thank robertPensacola
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

The water in this area is dirty looking. Great for fishing, but no beach area and the water is filled with seaweed. The land area is clean, the building is closed on the weekends.

Thank mom1958
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