Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

Welcome to the Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve, the only federally protected tree farm in northeast Florida!

This land was purchased by the United States government in 1828 as the first and only federal tree farm in the area. It began its operations in 1829 under orders of President John Quincy Adams.  The timber harvested here was used mainly for ship making in the area.

A part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, this gorgeous natural area holds over 1,000 acres of dense hardwood forest located between Pensacola Bay and the Santa Rosa Sound. It holds an onsite visitor center and 7.5 miles of hiking trails through various coastal habitats. The most popular trail is probably the Brackenridge Nature Trail, a fully accessible 0.8-mile trail that takes you on a quarter-mile boardwalk loop that tunnels into the woods. Step off the beaten track near the bluffs to see a truly delightful view!

During the week you can enjoy access to interactive exhibits throughout the visitor center.


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