Hiking the Eglin Reservation

Mission closures may prevent hikes on the Eglin reservation trails.  Please check the PAM (located on the home page) for daily closures: 

The Eglin reservation is proud to have the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) cross portions of the reservation.  The FNST runs from Big Cypress National Preserve through the state of Florida to Fort Pickens on the Gulf Islands National Seashore.  The Florida Trail Association (FTA) is a volunteer organization that manages and maintains the FNST. Sections of the FNST that traverse the Eglin reservation are maintained by the local chapter of the FTA. 

Trail users are required to purchase an Eglin permit to access the FNST.  If your hike is overnight a camping permit is also required.  

Thru-Hikers (hikers whose journey originates >50 miles outside the Eglin boundary) need to contact Jackson Guard (850-882-4165 or 4166) for special permitting.

The FNST through Eglin is NOT continuous, but is broken into sections based on access and existing trails.   

Portions of the FNST go through still/stalk and dog hunting management units (Choctaw East, Briar Creek East, Jackson North, Metts, Choctaw West, East River).  During hunting seasons there is a possibility of encountering hunters along the trail.  It is strongly suggested  that during hunting seasons hikers wear highly visible clothing.

Remember: the FNST is for foot-traffic ONLY.


FNST Map

Please see our FNST map with the trail and Eglin Camping Areas. 
(FNST camps are not identified on the map, but are listed below.)

 FNST Routes

East Section
North Section

Eglin East + Eglin North: US 331 to Shoal River/SR 85 Trailhead:

Trail begins at the Eglin Portal/US 331 Trailhead on US 331

Eglin Portal Camp 2.9 mi

Alaqua Camp 11.9 mi

Alaqua Trailhead 15.2 mi

Bullhide Camp 18.7 mi

RR 25.4 mi (an easy place to get off the trail as-needed)

Red Deer Camp 27.2 mi

SR 285 29.1 mi

Speck Pond Camp 31.4 mi

Jr. Walton Camp 37.6 mi

Pearl Camp 44.3 mi

Shoal River/SR 85 Trailhead on FL 85 N 45.2 mi

Cimarron Section

Cimarron Section (not officially part of the FNST): SR 85S to Yellow River:

There is NO bridge across the Yellow River on the Cimarron Section, and hikers should NOT attempt to ford the Yellow River. 

Trail begins at Turkey Hen Trailhead (ford the stream)

This trailhead is not shown on the Cimarron Section Map, but cross FL 85 (with caution for traffic) to find it.

RR 211 3.8 mi

RR 610 (close to Duck Pond) 5.4 mi

Duck Pond Camp is located south on RR 610 .25 mi

RR 211 6.1 mi

Turkey Gobbler Creek Rd. 7.2 mi

Yellow River 8.8 mi (no thru-hike, trail ends)

West Section

Eglin West: Yellow River Trailhead to East Bay Trailhead

Trail begins at Yellow River/SR 87 Trailhead

Eglin West map appears to show the Trailhead further south of the start, but it is located at the start of the trail.

Buck Pond 2.4 mi

Weaver Creek 6.1 mi

SR 87 9.1 mi

Dean Creek 10.8 mi

Dean Creek Camp 11.2 mi

River Rd. Kiosk 12.4 mi

East Bay Trailhead 14.3 mi


FNST Campsites along the trail

Alaqua Creek

Bull Branch

Dean Creek

Pearl Creek

Portal

Red Deer


Eglin Campsites near the FNST

Weaver River

Little Gin Hole Landing

Duck Pond

Jr. Walton Pond

Speck Pond

Sundew, a mysterious and carnivorous plant. 


For more information about the Florida Trail Association and the FNST, visit the FTA website: Florida Trail Association