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Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

 About Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

The 4,200 acre preserve is home to many rare plants. Photo by Joe Smyth.


Geoffrey Davidson

Enjoy the beautiful wildflowers blooming at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park!  Wildlife activity is picking up also, which makes now the perfect time to explore the park. Hiking and bird watching are fantastic outdoor activities offered at the park.  Or, if hiking does not appeal to you, maybe a quiet picnic lunch under a shaded pavilion?  Even though the temperatures are not the heat of summer yet, come prepared.


When you visit the park, please be sure to bring extra drinking water, sunscreen, and insect repellant with you.

The Tarkiln Bayou Trail is a 1.3 mile (round trip) trail on sidewalk and boardwalk and is stroller/wheelchair accessible. The trail leads you through several ecosystems including pine flatwoods, wet prairie and pitcher plant habitats.  The boardwalk ends with a scenic overlook on undeveloped Tarkiln Bayou, where you may see mullet jumping out of the water or possibly dolphins looking for an easy meal.

Prescribed fire is an essential part of this ecosystem. Tarkiln Bayou may be closed to visitors on occasion for safety during the coming months, while the park uses heavy equipment to prepare an area for prescribed fire.  Areas of the park may also be closed during a prescribed burn. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we use the tool of prescribed fire to enhance the ecosystem and the wildflower population for the following year!



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The entrance to Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Pensacola on CR 293, approximately two miles south of US 98 and seven miles north of SR 292A (Gulf Beach Highway).


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