Panama City Beach Conservation Park
panama city beach conservation park
Panama City Beach Conservation Park and Gayle's Trails
100 Conservation Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
The City of Panama City Beach has established the Panama City Beach Conservation Park in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the enjoyment of bikers, hikers and nature lovers. The Conservation Park is 2,912 acres of total area (908 acres uplands and 2,004 acres wetlands) with 24 miles of trail length and 1 mile of boardwalks. The Conservation Park serves two fundamental principles: to protect and balance our natural resources while providing outdoor recreational opportunities. The 2,900+ acres of West Bay Ecosystem is protected by the management and utilization of the City's reclaimed water to rehydrate the wetlands. The Conservations Park's forestry management practices will also lead to ecosystem restoration and habitat improvements as certain species are removed and native species are reintroduced.
In addition, to the functionality of the park, there are many trails on site from which you can observe native wildlife roaming freely. These trails range anywhere in route size, from 0.6 miles up to 11 miles, with 12 different trails to choose from. Trail maps listed below. Be sure to bring your binoculars and cameras for bird and wildlife watching as they are drawn to the rehydrated wetlands areas.
A 4,400 square foot building was constructed at the southeast corner of the Park. This building functions as a shelter for Park users, garbage disposal, public restroom facilities and drinking water station.
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Address: 100 Conservation Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
From the intersection of Panama City Beach Parkway and State Road 79, Travel west on Panama City Beach Parkway approx. 1.2 miles. Turn north on Griffin Blvd. Proceed north to the end of Griffin Blvd. Park entrance on left. Follow Conservation Drive to parking lot.
Park Maps/Brochure of Trail System
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Conservation Park Rules & Regulations
The City of Panama City Beach has established the Panama City Beach Conservation Park in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the enjoyment of bikers, hikers and nature lovers. Approximately 700 acres of adjacent land, located east of Baxley Homestead Trail, are owned by the Northwest Florida Water Management District are also available to the public. You are one of many who use and enjoy these trails and boardwalks. Please follow these simple rules and please care, share, and protect by leaving no trace of your visit; your actions make a difference. Click Here to download the rules and regulations in PDF format.
Content and Photo Credit: City of Panama City Beach, http://www.pcbgov.com/conservation-park.htm