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