About the Scenic Highway


Rich in history, the Scenic Bluffs provide a wonderful sample of the Pensacola area’s past.  Read about the Scenic Highway as well as the history of the bluffs.

Native and Invasive Species


With an abundance of native and invasive species, the Scenic Highway Corridor offers an assortment of specimens to explore.

Attractions & Shopping


The Pensacola Scenic Bluffs corridor has abundant recreational opportunities in the form of boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, bird watching, walking and of course shopping and eating.

October 2016 Newsletter

newsletter-image-thumbsThe October 2016 edition of the Scenic View, The Newsletter of the Scenic Highway Foundation is now available for download.

Upcoming Events


Old Spanish Trail 100-year Event

The Old Spanish Trail Centennial Celebration Association (OST100) has created a reenactment of the 1916 Pensacola, Florida original Old Spanish Trail Association auto highway planning conference December 1-3. All the workshops, the reception, and events are FREE. You must register by November 10 so the planners will know how much...

Naval Live Oaks Cleanup

Come join Ocean Hour clean up at Naval Live Oaks National Park on the first Saturday of every month.   Naval Live Oaks Headquarters is on Highway 98 about two miles east of Gulf Breeze on the right.  Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be supplied.  All we need...

Bay Bluffs Park & Chimney Park Cleanup

Come join the Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two location clean up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month.  Location one is Bay Bluffs Park, 3400 Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd.  Second location is 2 miles north of Bay Bluffs at Chimney Park...

Project GreenShores Cleanup

Come join Ocean Hour for clean up at Project Greenshores, also know as Wayside Park West, 745 Bay Front Parkway, the third Saturday of every month.  Project Greenshores is at the Three Mile Bridge and Bayfront Parkway.  Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be supplied.  All we need is...

Vote for SHF!

The Scenic Highway Foundation (SHF) has submitted an application to idgroup’s Brand on Us Initiative! One local not-for-profit organization will receive over $100,000 worth of idgroup’s branding and organizational development services.

We are one of several organizations that have applied, but only one will be selected. Although all do great work, each of these groups have other sources of fiscal support and most have paid staff. SHF is a small group of volunteers who have made a huge impact over the years.

Some our achievements include:

  • Designation of Scenic Highway as the first “Florida Scenic Highway”
  • Chimney placed on National Register of Historic Places
  • Enhancement and expansion of Chimney Park
  • Enhancement and expansion of Bay Bluffs Park
  • Development of Scenic Highway Master Plan
  • Working with FDOT to replant I-10 denuded area with native trees instead of palms
  • Oral history series thrice yearly



New Partner

Ocean Hour LogoThe Pensacola Scenic Bluffs has partnered with Ocean Hour.

The purpose of the partnership is to support a clean environment for the seashores, oceans and marine life for the benefit of marine live and the reduction of ocean debris and its affect on human health.

Plastics don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade and just become smaller pieces.

To promote positive human actions as to human behavior towards the ocean environment and how ocean pollution can and will have a negative impact on the planet and the quality of human life through the food chain.  Also, efforts to bring youth groups into and participate in the Ocean Debris issues that they will inherit during their lifetime.



The Pensacola Scenic Bluffs and Ocean Hour are looking for volunteers to help remove waste from various locations.  For a list of volunteer opportunities as well times and locations, please visit the Calendar page.

Pensacola Scenic Highway Bluffs

A Traveler’s Experience

Interactive Map

Explore the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs area with our Interactive Map.

The Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway is approximately eleven (11) miles in length from its southern terminus at the Bayou Texar bridge (Cervantes Street) to its northern terminus at the north end of the U.S. Highway 90 bridge over the Escambia River. The corridor was defined in this manner because these two termini define natural inlets affected by the Escambia Bay winds and tides, and because they both contain scenic and natural resources appropriate as entrance ways to the resources located within the Scenic Highway corridor. Access to the resources along the corridor is provided by a boat ramp at the Bayou Texar bridge, two paved parking lots at the Bay Bluffs Park connecting the boardwalks leading down the bluffs to Escambia Bay and a parking area adjacent to the Chimney at Langley Boulevard.

slide2As your trip begins on Scenic Highway by traveling over the Bayou Texar Bridge , you are surrounded by old oaks and magnolias upon entering the City of Pensacola Bayou Texar Park. Enjoy a close view of the bayou by walking out on the dock.

Back on the highway, the quaint cottages and a variety of restaurants and shops serve as an open invitation to stop and look around East Pensacola Heights. As the commercial center slides by, you round a curve and break into the first scenic vistas of beautiful Escambia Bay from atop high bluffs unique in all of Florida. The expansive views of the Bay are punctuated by picturesque stands of long-leaf pine, live oak and other indigenous trees and undergrowth.

Stopping at the 32 – acre Bay Bluffs Park will give you a chance to see the cliffs at close range. This unique, enchanting park offers numerous wooden boardwalks leading visitors through dense forest, under beautiful canopies of oaks and pine, to the warm waters of Escambia Bay. The large bluffs of red clay, once used to make bricks, line the beach and tint the sand a soft pink hue.

Shortly after leaving Bay Bluffs Park you descend to sea level and enter another world of “Epic Wetland” which support a diversity of flora and fauna. Running along beside you on the water side is the railroad tracks that still have the telegraph poles in place. Just after the wetland is “Old Chimney Park”. On this site are the remains of a 19th century chimney that served a steam powered saw mill during the timber boom.

The trip continues upward again along forested wetlands and old growth long-leaf pines amongst large lot home sites with the homes carefully tucked among the trees.

As you approach I-10 stop at the Dairy Queen, have a drink or ice cream and be sure to see the spectacular view of Escambia Bay. This area is called Stony Point. It is said on a clear day in the winter, when the tide is low, rock formations may be seen under the water.

Continuing across the overpass bridge you descend to sea level again. The G.E. plant is on the upland side. However, you have a view of the train bridge to Santa Rosa County.
In 1882, the first railroad bridge to span the Escambia Bay was erected, and the site is still serving as the railroad route across the Bay.


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As you again travel upward again, look for the Lora Point sign on your left. The point below the roadway is the site of the first bridge to span Escambia Bay in 1882.

Your trip is ending when the scene changes completely, the trees give way to the river of sawgrass of the tidal wetlands at the head of the bay.