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Naval Live Oaks Area

1801 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563, USA



water-activities, outdoor-adventures, run, swim, hike

The Naval Live Oaks Area has a beautiful quick hike to a quiet bay location!

The Naval Live Oaks Trail and Nature Preserve offers a variety of trails that lead to the beautiful Pensacola Bay. It is such a great way to get out and active while still enjoying the scenic wonders of Pensacola. We loved the out-and-back trail option from the parking lot. It is called the Brackenridge Nature Trail (south of Highway 98), and is about .7 miles total. The trail itself is beautiful, and then the final location is even better, as it is a straight shot to the water access. It is a great trail for a variety of ages and fitness levels, so everyone should be able to participate fairly easily. You are truly earning your spot at the beach and making it more of an exploration adventure if you are looking to switch it up from typical beach days. The trail is stroller friendly, so bring it along to carry beach gear there and tired kiddos at the end of your fun hike and beach day. One thing that we wish we had thought of was bringing a picnic lunch along to refuel after being drained by exercise and sunshine. 

There are over 7.5 total miles of trails within the north part of Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve (noth of Highway 98), and we can’t wait to go back to explore some of the longer hikes. Other interesting things worth noting about the preserve is that it has great facilities, including restrooms and picnic pavilions. It is part of the Gulf Shores National Seashore, so be sure to check out the happyly map to see what other family adventures in the area could be paired with this!


Parking Restrooms Good for All Ages Hiking Picnic Tables Beach Ocean
Thoughtfully captured by:
Michelle Morgan
Michelle was born in Ohio, but after studying in Australia for a year, she longed for a sunny beach climate. She has traveled to 23 countries and throughout the U.S., however her home for the last 25 years has been in Pensacola, FL. Michelle is a licensed private pilot who enjoys four-wheeler riding, boating, hiking, extreme couponing, cooking, and dining at ethnic restaurants. She has a master's from the University of West Florida and works as an Instructional Designer. Her volunteerism includes a program lead for a virtual middle school book club through her employer’s school partnership program. She currently lives on 23 acres with her husband and 6-year-old son who jointly care for their (very large) vegetable and herb gardens. Her family donates any over-abundance of produce to a local church who prepares meals for the homeless. Michelle’s family also includes three adult children (one set of twins) and three grandchildren. She can be found most weekends working on their property or out on a family adventure with one or more kids in tow!
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