Experiences & Amenities
Several different species of upland and migratory birds may be seen at the park.
Fishing is permitted in designated areas only with proper licensing.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.
Hiking Nature Trail
Two hiking trails are available at this preserve.
- Tarkiln Bayou Trail - 0.5mile ADA accessible trail. The sidewalk and elevated boardwalk of this trail meanders through prairie, cypress and titi forests. Benches along the trail provide areas for reflection. When the trail ends, the observation area provides a scenic view of the bayou.
- Perdido Bay Trail - a rugged 6.5 mile trail providing access to the bayshore beaches. This trail crosses seepage streams and muddy areas as it makes its way through the oaks and pines.
A small sheltered picnic pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis adjacent to the Tarkiln Bayou Trail trailhead.
Several different species of wildlife may be viewed at the park including: migratory birds, white tailed deer, opposum, raccoon, and bobcat.
Parking is available at the main entrance to the park along Bauer Road.
Pets are allowed at the preserve, provided that they are on a maximum 6' long hand held leash at all times, are not aggressive or destructive, and owners pick up after them. Pet dropping receptacles are located along the Tarkiln Bayou Trail. Escambia County ordinances prohibit dogs from being on the beach areas of the park.
A small sheltered picnic pavilion located adjacent to the Tarkiln Bayou Trail trailhead is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
An outhouse style unisex restroom is available at the preserve. Potable water is NOT available.