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About the Scenic Highway

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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

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

Attractions & Shopping

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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.

Upcoming Events

Sep
06

Scenic Highway Foundation Board Meeting

Scenic Highway Foundation board meeting at the Tryon Branch Library (1200 Langley Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504).  September 6 from 1pm to 2pm.  Members welcome to visit.
Sep
10

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...
Sep
17

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...
Sep
24

Ft. Pickens National Park Cleanup

Volunteer Opportunity to help cleanup Ft. Pickens National Park! September 24, 2016, Saturday:  Ft. Pickens National Park, 1400 Ft Pickens Rd 4th Saturday of the Month: Check Ocean Hour FL Facebook page for the exact location since it changes from event to event Contact: https://www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl oceanhourfl@gmail.com Please dress for the...

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

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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.