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.

Scenic Highway Community Event

Did you know that East Pensacola Heights is the oldest neighborhood in America?   Seriously, Pensacola has at last been proven to be the oldest European settlement in the United States.  And it all started in the East Pensacola Heights area in 1559.

The Scenic Highway Foundation will host a community event Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the East Pensacola Heights Clubhouse, 3208 East Gonzalez St.  On hand to provide an update on the Gaberonne Swamp stormwater enhancements will be Brad Hinote from the City of Pensacola Public Works Department.

Come and meet Tom Garner, a research assistant at the University of West Florida and native Pensacolian. As the neighborhood liaison for the Luna settlement archaeology project, Tom works to keep the neighbors informed since so many of them have offered UWF access to their private properties for the field school dig. He will talk about the scope of the settlement (five football fields long!), evidence of building footings, and some of the artifacts found there.

The event is free and open to the public.  Exhibits and refreshments will be available at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:00.  Click here to RSVP

For more information, contact Gena Buchanan at 494-9802 or

Ever’man Cooperative Charity Eco-Friendly Bag Program

Hey, SHF friends and members!  You can shop for healthy groceries and raise a little money for Chimney Park. For every ecofriendly bag you bring to Ever’man Cooperative during the months of July and August, you may choose Scenic Highway Foundation to be the recipient of 5¢.
The nickels really add up and will be used for enhancements to Chimney Park on Scenic Highway.
A big ‘Thank You’ to Ever’man and to all our friends who support Scenic Highway

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In the great outdoors

From staff reports

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Creative Learning students pitch in for art project at Chimney Park

The Scenic Highway Foundation is teaming up with students at Creative Learning Academy to create one-of-akind art projects on two trash receptacles at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Avenue.

Currently, there are just two trash receptacles in the park and the area has been plagued by lots of trash and litter. The Scenic Highway Foundation, along with Ocean Hour and local volunteers, has a monthly trash cleanup at Bay Bluffs and Chimney Park. Volunteers from the community for this one-hour service are encouraged.

The art project is just one of a series of projects that the Scenic Highway Foundation is implementing at Chimney Park. In October, several members of the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas removed invasive species on the site. Another removal event is planned for 2018. Eventually the Foundation hopes to create a clear view of Escambia Bay from the park with the removal of the common reed and other tall plants that now obscure what is a panoramic view from the bay shore.

To learn more about either event or to become involved in other activities, find Pensacola Scenic Bluffs on Facebook, visit, or email Mary Gutierrez at

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Pictures from today's clean up. Thank-you to all who showed up and helped out! ...

Pictures from todays clean up. Thank-you to all who showed up and helped out!
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October 2017 Newsletter

The October 2017 edition of the Scenic View, The Newsletter of the Scenic Highway Foundation is now available for download (PDF).



1916 Pensacola: A City in Transition

Dr. Brian Rucker presentation on “1916 Pensacola: A City in Transition”.

Redesigning the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway

Increasing Environmental and Cultural Sustainability by Creating Identity

This presentation provides a landscape design created by three Michigan University Master Degree Candidates for Scenic Highway.

Created by Olivia Garnett, Helen Graham, and Mary Hejna in April 2012, at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, this presentation provides information on the redesign of the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway.

Monthly Chimney Park and Bay Bluffs Cleanups

Please join OceanHourFL, Earth Ethics Inc., The Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, University of Florida Sea Grant Program, Keep Pensacola Beautiful and the City of Pensacola every 2nd Saturday of the month at Chimney Park (Scenic Highway at Langley) or Bay Bluffs Park (Scenic Highway at Summit) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for our monthly cleanups. Sign In is at 8:45 a.m. at either location. We really need folks at Chimney Park. Bay Bluffs is in a maintenance mode where Chimney Park is in a need mode. All supplies provided.

For more information, contact Paul Herrald at 207-9326 and leave a message or e-mail or

You can Sign Up In advance at:

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.

Upcoming Events


Naval Live Oaks Cleanup

Naval Live Oaks:  1st Saturday of every month 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...

Bay Bluffs Park & Chimney Park Cleanup

Volunteer Opportunity to help cleanup Bay Bluffs Park and Chimney Park! Bay Bluffs Park & Chimney Park:  2nd Saturday of the month 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...

Project GreenShores Cleanup

Volunteer Opportunity to help cleanup GreenShores! Project GreenShores:  3RD Saturday of every month: 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....

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.