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Naval Live Oaks

A ranger describes the trail to a park visitor.

The popular .8 mile Breckenridge Nature Trail is located in the Naval Live Oaks Area.

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The Naval Live Oaks Area, located on U. S. 98 east of Gulf Breeze, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and features a bookstore, exhibits, and a closed-caption 12-minute orientation film.

New exhibits at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center provide a wide range of accessibility features, including telephone handsets for au­dio description, a tactile model of an oak tree, and natural history objects.There are over 7.5 miles of trails including the .8 mile Breckenridge Nature Trail behind the Visitor Center. A covered picnic pavilion is available on a first come, first served basis and additional picnic tables are located nearby. Enjoy your lunch while enjoying the sparkling waters of Santa Rosa Sound! The Santa Rosa Sound shoreline is a wonderful option for people with small children who want to avoid the rough surf at the beach. The shallow, protected waters provide hours of swimming fun! Restrooms and outdoor showers are available.

A group camping area is on the north side of Naval Live Oaks. It is available for organized youth groups. This is a great campsite complete with a covered picnic pavilion, restrooms, and outdoor showers. Northside pavilion picnic area is open for reservations. Call 850-934-2605.

Did You Know?

Murray Dorty, an African-American Union Civil War re-enactor, stands at attention inside Fort Massachusetts.

The 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards trained on Ship Island and became the first black unit on April 9, 1863 on the Gulf Frontier. They met Confederate forces in battle during a raid on Pascagoula, MS.