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Eglin East

Length: 38.6 miles (linear)

FTA Volunteers call the FNST on Eglin the land of “was that thunder?”. In 1908 this area was part of the Choctawhatchee National Forest and converted to a military reservation in 1940. In addition to the Air Force base both the Army and Navy heavily utilize the reservation for training. Of special interest is Eglin’s role as a weapons development and testing facility. The rumbles in the distance are rarely thunder!

Mountain Laurel (Sandra Friend)In spring there are wildflowers all along the trail with an abundant display of mountain laurel and flame azalea in the Alaqua Basin. In the fall the wildflower display shifts to the sand ridges where the yellows explode in late October. There are numerous stream crossings. All are bridged with the exception of the eastern crossing of Alaqua Creek. There are 4 backcountry campsites spaced 7-10 miles apart. All campsites have fire rings and are located close to flowing streams that originate within Eglin. None of these campsites are accessible via vehicle.  DeFuniak Springs is a Victorian town on the National Register of Historic Districts. Motels, restaurants and groceries are available at the I-10/US 331 intersection.  For more information contact the Choctawhatchee Chapter