Conservation Park
 

Panama City Beach Conservation Park

Panama City Beach officials – along with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Corp of Engineers and the Florida Department of Fish & Wildlife – developed an innovative system to restore thousands of acres of protected wetlands, leading to the creation of the 2,900-acre Panama City Beach Conservation Park.

The Panama City Beach Conservation Park protects and balances our natural environment while providing amazing outdoor recreational opportunities to visitors. The 2,900-acre park is a safeguard for wetlands, wildlife and pine forest, while also acting as a natural filter that balances treated water before it makes its way to the St. Andrews Bay.

Visitors can enjoy the park’s boardwalks and 24 miles of unpaved trails as they hike, bicycle, or run loops that range from half-a-mile to 12-miles. Paved Gayle’s Trails connect the conservation park trails with other trail systems throughout the beach and honors one of the project’s visionaries, Mayor Gayle Oberst. Public restrooms, picnic areas, a guide to local flora & fauna, and a pavilion are located near the main parking lot, and an outdoor classroom provides a venue for group educational and enrichment opportunities.  Additionally, eight boardwalks totaling over a mile in length are scattered throughout the park, allowing excellent viewing of natural wetland areas.

Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are permitted on leashes. No motorized vehicles of any kind or horses are allowed on the trails. No overnight stays, campfires, smoking or open flames allowed. For a full list of rules visit the Park's website. 

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The Conservation Park integrates two fundamental principles which remain a continuing focus for local government and community. The desire to protect and balance our natural resources while providing outdoor recreational opportunities is the driving force in establishing the Panama City Beach Conservation Park. The 2,900 acres of the West Bay Ecosystem is being protected by the management and utilization of the City’s reclaimed water to rehydrate wetlands. The natural water balance in these wetlands was altered many years ago as tree “farming” became predominant in the area.  
 
The Conservation Park's forestry management practices will also lead to ecosystem restoration and habitat improvement as certain species are removed and native species are reintroduced to the park.  
 
In the park complex adjacent to the water management building there is a public reception area which has a cypress wood framed porch.  This porch functions as a shelter for park guests and also houses restroom facilities. 
 
In addition to the functionality of the park, there are many trails on site from which you can observe native wildlife roaming free.  Be sure to bring your binoculars for bird watching as they are drawn to the rehydrated wetlands areas. Come and enjoy. 
Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. No motorized vehicles of any kind or horses are allowed on the trails. Dogs are permitted on leases. No overnight stays, campfires, smoking or open flames allowed. For a full list of rules visit the Park's website.  
Trails are available for both walking and bike riding. Park of the trails are paved. Choose from 12 trail routes from 0.6 to 11 miles in length. 

In case of emergency or to report from the trail, please call 850.233.5050
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