Panama City Beach State Parks & Hiking

If you’re looking to hike some trails at a Panama City Beach state park, we’ve got you covered. When it’s time to hit the trails, there’s plenty of great state parks near Panama City Beach, all within an easy drive and providing some of the most amazing views of the area’s natural resources.

While Panama City Beach is best known for its stunning beaches, relaxing bike paths, and beautiful barrier island parks, it’s also home to some of the Florida Panhandle’s best backpacking and day hikes.

Here’s our list of the “must-visit” Panama City Beach state parks for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts:

Conservation Park

Conservation Park

100 Conservation Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Hours: Daily, Dawn to Dusk
Features: Conservation Park Panama City Beach is located on 2,900 acres with 24 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and nature lovers. Parking area, public restrooms, picnic tables and a covered pavilion (for rent). Be sure to bring your binoculars and cameras for bird and wildlife watching.

Camp Helen State Park

Camp Helen State Park

23937 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
(850) 233-5059
Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
Fees: $4 per vehicle, max 8 people per vehicle. $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Features: 180 acre historic site, perfect for hiking, nature study, swimming, birding, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, and freshwater and saltwater fishing.

St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park

4607 State Park Ln., Panama City Beach, FL 32408
(850) 708-6100
Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
Fees: $4 per vehicle, max 8 people per vehicle. $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Features: St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach, FL is a 1,200 acre park with two nature trails for hiking, campground, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, two fishing piers, boat ramp, beach.

Pine Log State Forest

Pine Log State Forest

State Highway 79, Ebro, FL 32437 (the forest is 14 miles north of Panama City Beach)
(850) 535-2888
Hours: Daily, Dawn to Dusk
Fees: Check with the Pine Log State Forest for specific fees.
Features: Over 13 miles of hiking trails have been developed on Pine Log State Forest, which includes an 8 mile segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail. In addition to great hiking, the forest offers biking, horse, birding, restroom, showers, boat ramp, canoe launch, fishing, pavilion, picnic tables, and grills.

Econfina River State Park & Nature Trail (Econfina Springs)

Econfina Springs

4741 Econfina River Rd., Econfina, FL 32336
(850) 922-6007 or (850) 487-7989
Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
Fees: $2 per vehicle, max 8 people per vehicle. $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Features: This 4,528 acre state park is nestled along the northern Gulf Coast and provides hikers and nature lovers with 14.8 miles of beautiful, wooded trails. The park also offers kayaking, canoeing, boating, birding, wildlife viewing, picnic facilities, and a boat ramp.

T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

8899 Cape San Blas Rd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 227-1327
Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
Fees: $6 per vehicle, max. 8 people per vehicle. $4 for single person in vehicle. $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Features: This state park offers three different trail experiences throughout over 1,750 acres of unspoiled coastal ecosystem and scrub habitat (access to coastal scrub habitat requires permit from Ranger Station prior to access). In addition to hiking and nature trails, the park also offers kayaking, canoeing, biking, boating, birding, camping, scuba diving, snorkeling, wildlife viewing, and shelling.

When you’re looking to stay in Panama City Beach near great hiking trails, here are our recommendations for condo rentals which will also provide you with the perfect location and great convenience to nearby dining, attractions, shopping, high-end amenities, and so much more:

Reflections at Bay Point

Reflections at Bay Point

The spacious one, two, and three bedroom condos at Reflections at Bay Point offer an array of amenities including large private balconies with spectacular panoramic view of the Grand Lagoon and/or St. Andrews Bay, a 10,000 square-foot tropical resort pool, a 25,000 square foot full-service Serenity Spa and Salon, two 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Courses including the only Nicklaus Design Course in North West Florida, five tennis courts, corporate boardroom and reception space, on-site mouth-watering dining options at Pelican’s and/or Club 19, on-site shuttle for a sunset cruise or trip to Shell Island, fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, cable TV, outdoor grilling, and high-speed Internet, plus on-site water sports rental options and plenty of nearby shopping, entertainment, dining, and golf.

Tidewater Beach Resort

Tidewater Beach Resort

The luxury high-rise resort condos at the Tidewater Beach Resort are situated on one of the Panama City Beach area’s largest private beaches and offer an amazing array of amenities including two Gulf front lagoon-style outdoor pools, two hot tubs, seasonally heated indoor pool, state-of-the-art 4,300 square foot fitness center with Roman spa including sauna/steam room/showers, movie theater, a 5,000 square foot conference center, seasonal poolside Tiki bar, game room and arcade, onsite restaurant for breakfast and lunch, nearby dining/shopping/activities, and garage parking.