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Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

Dogs are welcome at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park in Pensacola, FL. The park stretches 4,000 acres and is home to a number of rare and endangered plants. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the Tarkiln Bayou Trail, meandering through prairie, cypress and titi forests, and leading to a scenic view of the Bayou; and the Perdido Bay Trail, a more difficult 6.5-mile trail that leads to beaches and weaves through oaks and pines. Along the dog-friendly trails, you might be able to sneak a peek of some migratory birds, white tailed deer, raccoon or bobcat. There are numerous benches and picnic tables around the park and along the trails to enjoy a spot of lunch with Spot the dog. Visit Website

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Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 bones by 7 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 44 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Shayna
    Oct 28, 2023
    Nice walk

    Great place to take the dogs on a nice walk. We did the 1 Mile hike. They have a honor pay system, so bring a few dollars!

  • Amanda
    Nov 21, 2022
    Boardwalk Trail

    Nice boardwalk trail that takes you out to the overlook of the water. Very peaceful. Quick walk, about a mile round trip.

  • Atlas
    Jul 8, 2022
    Nice Little Walk

    Pleasant place to stretch legs. Raised wooden boardwalk leading to an overlook by the water with a bit of a breeze. Would not go out of the way to come here but we ate nearby and was a quick 6 minute drive. Recommend going early in the morning. Extremely hot and a bit stifling in the sun. Shade intermittent.

  • Cori
    Apr 17, 2022
    Neat boardwalk trail

    We did the short loop (1 mile) because it was already quite warm. some really pretty plants along the trail, but we didn’t see any wildlife. Bring plenty of water for your stand pups as there was nowhere to fill bowls there.

  • Erika
    Jul 30, 2019
    Nice Trail

    We unfortunately came a little later in the day so it was a little warmer. We decided not to push our 3 babies too much and turned back half ways. I waited in the car with the fur babies as my husband and niece finished the walk. They say it was beautiful. Lots of people bring there dogs to this area and today 7/30/19 everyone turned back as they didn’t want the fur babies to overheat. Maybe next time I’m in Florida I will give it a try. They do have waste bags available at the entrance in case you forget yours.

  • Kelle
    Jul 28, 2019
    Beautiful Scenery

    We went mid-day on a Sunday and it was lovely. Mostly shaded, just one mile on the short loop

  • Tj
    Jun 7, 2019
    Nice walk for you and your dog

    Comfortable boardwalk to serene lake. Vegetation identifiers. No wildlife seen on our visit, but you never know--bear spray is advised.

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