Panhandle County, Florida
The Florida Panhandle is the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Florida; it is a salient roughly 200 miles long and 50 to 100 miles wide, lying between Alabama on the north and the west, Georgia on the north, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Its eastern boundary is arbitrarily defined.
This westernmost state rail-trail winds through the historic town of Milton.
The more than nine miles of paved trail offer an enjoyable trip through a quaint North Florida town and out into the countryside where wooden bridges cross several creeks, and native wildflowers dot the landscape.
Designated as a National Recreation Trail and part of Florida’s State Greenways and Trails System, this paved trail is the perfect venue for biking, running, walking, and skating, along with picnicking and bird-watching activities. Equestrians may use the paved trail or unpaved shoulder at their discretion; all trail users share bridges. Equestrian use is prohibited on the Military Heritage Trail.
The trail extends eight miles north to join the U.S. Navy’s 1.5-mile Military Heritage Trail, which ends at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
The Elva Street Trailhead is located near State Road 87 and U.S. Highway 90 in Milton. A visitor center, approximately one mile from the trailhead, offers parking, restrooms, picnic tables, grills, and a playground.
County Highway 30A’s 19-mile paved bike path (sometimes referred to as the “Timpoochee Trail”) parallels the entire scenic road’s length and passes through all of its famous beach communities from Dune Allen in the west to Seacrest and Alys Beach in the east. Enjoy the thrill of biking alongside rare coastal dune lakes and discovering a side of South Walton that’s difficult to see from a car.
For the slightly more adventurous, there’s Eastern Lake Trail, located within Point Washington State Forest. The trail system has 3-mile, 5-mile, and 10-mile trail loops. In fact, you can find trails crisscrossing throughout this protected preserve, and you almost always have it entirely to yourself.