Escambia County is proud to be a part of the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail, which consists of 12 unique shipwrecks along Florida’s Panhandle, situated offshore of Pensacola, Destin, Panama City and Port St. Joe.
Designed to stimulate tourism in a region of the state that was impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Shipwreck Trail is highlighted by an interactive web site with underwater videos of each shipwreck, the locations of local dive shops, and the current marine weather forecast.
To guide visitors along the trail, an official passport can be obtained from participating dive shops and dive charter operators. The passport contains pages for each of the shipwrecks along the trail with a log to fill in at each stop and validated with an official sticker.
The project is a product of the Underwater Archaeology Team of the Bureau of Archaeological Research, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State in partnership with Panhandle waterfront communities.
The Shipwreck Trail is funded in part, through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, by a grant provided by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Many of the shipwrecks were sunk as artificial reefs and have become popular fishing and diving destinations. With varying depths of water, the shipwrecks are home to a large array of marine life.