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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.

Panera Fundraising for SHF

Printable Panera Bread SHF Flyer (PDF)

Scenic Highway Clean Up

Thank you Mr. Apple for you generous donation of breakfast snacks for the volunteers that came to Scenic Highway Foundation/Ocean Hour beach-clean up the second Saturday of each month.  Even though the volunteers collected  for only an hour, they were able to remove over 2500 lbs. of debris total for this year. An impressive amount!!!

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Please say thank you to Mr. Apple when you go to Apple Market—the place to shop!!!!

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 January and February 2018, 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

Happy New Year from the Scenic Highway Foundation!

On behalf of the Scenic Highway Foundation, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We hope that 2018 brings you love, peace, and happiness.

The Scenic Highway Foundation (SHF) isn’t wasting any time getting things rolling this year and we are hoping you can help!

We’re looking for a few good people to help us in reaching our goals this year. The board is in need of individuals who can help with tasks that the current board do not always have time to do. Specifically, we need help with the following:

  • Sending out thank-you notes.
  • Assistance in writing grants.
  • Picking up newsletters from the printers, stamping and mailing them.
  • Attend our monthly clean ups at Bay Bluffs and Chimney Park.
  • Participate in webinars as a representative of SHF and report back to the Board.
  • Fundraising!

None of these require you to become a member of the board. However, we do not want to discourage you if you want to be part of the board.

Please Contact Us if you are interested in helping in anyway you can. Thank-you!

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January - February Bag Charities for Ever'man

At Ever’man we live our mission to support our local community
and we are proud to be first to roll out an Eco-Friendly Charity
Bag Program. Our program makes it easier than ever for
members and customers to contribute to community charities.
Since July 1, 2015, at every Ever’man Grocery and Cafe cash
registers, all shoppers are being rewarded for shopping with
eco-friendly bags. For each eco-friendly bag used, Ever’man will donate five cents to a charity of the shopper’s choice. Charity choices will fall into three categories: a 501c3 organization that is committed to providing healthy food, another that supports sustainable environmental practices and one that ensures the well-being of our pets and wildlife. From January 1st through February 28th, your choices are:

WaterFront Rescue Mission, Inc.
This organization is where our community’s hungry and
homeless may receive a free meal. For more than 60 years, the
Waterfront Rescue Mission has offered emergency shelter
services, career development, substance abuse recovery
programs, and extended support services to those in need.

Scenic Highway Foundation, Inc.
This Foundation was formed to promote, protect, preserve,
maintain, and enhance our Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway.
With input from the community, a corridor management plan
is designed and implemented to promote the preservation and
beautification of this historic and scenic and natural resource.

Humane Society of Pensacola, Inc.
This no-kill facility is where dogs and cats are provided food,
shelter, medical care, and love while waiting to find their forever
homes. This local group cares for companion animals through
advocacy, adoption, education, and sanctuary

While all are GREAT organizations, we ask that you consider donating to the Scenic Highway Foundation! Thank-you!
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Happy 2018! For those who are able, you are invited to help with the monthly cleanup Saturday. Volunteers will begin gathering at 8:45 Saturday, January 13 at Bay Bluffs and Chimney Parks. Ocean Hour will supply gloves, buckets, bags and pickers. Bring your water bottles and whatever else you need to be safe and comfortable. We will work until 10 a.m.

GOOD JOB - 2,757 lbs of trash were picked up by 359 volunteers at Chimney and Bay Bluffs Parks in 2017. Let that sink in. Imagine 2,757 pounds of cigarette butts, candy wrappers, cups, bottles, furniture, electronics, clothes, machinery and truck parts. Whew!

Please join us if you can.
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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”.

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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.

Recent News

Monthly Scenic Highway Foundation/Ocean Hour Cleanup

Monthly Scenic Highway Foundation/Ocean Hour Cleanup

Monthly Scenic Highway Foundation/Ocean Hour Cleanup Saturday, December 9th Clean-up Sign in is at 8:45 am, clean up from 9- 10 a.m. at Bay Bluffs Park - 3400 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola OR Chimney Park, Pensacola, Florida - Corner of Langley...

Local Students Create Art in the Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 November 2017 FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:Robin Rowan, 850.433.1319 PENSACOLA—The Scenic Highway Foundation is teaming up with students at Creative Learning Academy (CLA) to create one-of-a-kind art projects on two trash receptacles at Chimney Park (Scenic 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 Volunteer@OceanHourFL.com or BayBluffsCleanUp@gmail.com.

You can Sign Up In advance at: OceanHourFL.com

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.

Volunteer

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

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.