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Eglin West

Length: 42.1 miles (linear)

Thru-hikers arriving in Harold along US 90 can head west to the northern terminus of the FNST in the Gulf Islands National Seashore or north on the official FNST side trail to the Florida/Alabama state line.

Dean Creek Bridge (Linda Benton)A portion of the road walk west of Harold follows Florida SR 1, the “Old Brick Highway”. This historic road was used by Model T cars to travel from Jacksonville to Pensacola in the 1920’s. These folks became known as “Tin Can Tourists”The Eglin segment of this section closely follows the SR 87 corridor. Starting at the SR 87 trailhead kiosk the trail descends to Buck Pond. The footpath crosses the Buck Pond dam and ascends a Florida mountain (hill). You parallel Weaver Creek for several miles and reach its headwater after 4 miles. Weaver’s source is a deep steephead with numerous springlets. The elevation changes in the area offer the observant hiker several vistas in the winter.On Eglin there is one backcountry campsite (Dean – not vehicle accessible) and one vehicle accessible campsite (Buck Pond).  For more information contact the Choctawhatchee Chapter