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Temporary Trail Closures

A portion of the Southwest Greenway Trail between Navy Boulevard and Old Corry Field Road is closed after a small fire damaged a section of boardwalk over the Thanksgiving weekend. The boardwalk through the area will be closed until further notice. Until repairs are completed, visitors should use caution and plan accordingly when visiting the area.

Southwest Greenway Walking Trail

Hidden within an urban core along Jones Creek, a 12-mile walkable greenway trail is 40 percent complete.     

The trail will accommodate a diverse range of visitors for a variety of outdoor recreational experiences including hiking, bird watching, nature photography, and environmental education, picnicking or just to take a stroll.

 Hours of Operation: Sunrise to Sunset

The Southwest Greenway and the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve provide an important environmental buffer that support water quality improvements downstream in Bayou Chico and Pensacola Bay.  The Preserve helps treat stormwater and urban runoff and provides recreational access to a system of diverse ecosystem in Southwest Escambia County.

The Greenway is divided by Fairfield Drive and provides for two very different outdoor experiences.  

The trail system east of Fairfield Drive features accessible boardwalks and wide stable surface trails along Jones Creek, and though Bottomland Forest and Wet Pine Flatwoods. 

The trail system west of Fairfield Drive western trail system provides a more rustic outdoor nature experience with on-grade, unimproved footpaths through a mosaic of rare Florida natural bogs and grass land forest communities. Visitors should be aware of local conditions and wear appropriate footwear. 

Jones Swamp Map 2023

East Hiking Trail Descriptions

  • Glynn Key Boardwalk
    • This ¾ mile of elevated boardwalk with a 65’ bridge across Jones Creek links neighborhoods to a commercial corridor for easy pedestrian access to stores. Educational signage highlights wetlands, vegetation and ecosystems. 
  • Canopy Creek Boardwalk
    • Popular for walking and for its scenic creek views, this ¾ mile of elevated boardwalk follows a winding stream and is often shaded.  Note: This section has two gated entrances to Pensacola State College that may be periodically closed. 
  • Doyle Butler Memorial Trail
    • Spanning one mile, this footpath features a gated bridge linking visitors to Pensacola State College western parking lot. The trail highlights include educational signage, views of the Jones Creek and varieties of native plants including ferns, trees and wildflowers.
  • Flatwoods Footpath
    • Spanning a ½ mile, this footpath features a gated bridge linking visitors to Pensacola State College western parking lot.  The trail highlights include educational signage, views of the stream and varieties of native plants including ferns, trees and wildflowers.   

  • Rustic Flatwoods Footpath
    • This ½ mile footpath of natural surface trail leads visitors through bottomland and upland forests ends at a scenic view of a wetland gum pond and beaver dams. The trail may be wet and feature standing water after rain, so visitors are advised to wear appropriate footwear.

  • Decatur Boardwalk
    • Site currently includes handicap parking with a ½ mile elevated boardwalk through pristine wetlands and beautiful old growth bottomland forests and an on-grade footpath through wet flatwoods and pitcher plant prairies. 

Trailhead Addresses

  • 700 S. Old Corry Road (Handicap Accessible Parking)
  • 402 N. Navy Blvd (Handicap Accessible Parking))
  • 198 Patton Drive 
  • 1131 Patton Drive
  • 1190 Decatur Ave (Handicap Accessible Parking)


Trail Safety

  • For your safety and the protection of the environment, please stay on designated trails.
  • Bring plenty of water, bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Wear proper walking or hiking shoes and never hike alone. 
  • Please use only designated access points to enter the trail. 
  • Camping, hunting or any recreational vehicles are strictly prohibited within Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve

Flatwoods Footpath Trail Blazes

  • Look for the yellow blazes on the trees.
  • These show that you are staying on the trail and should be visible in front of you as well as behind you.
  • A double blaze informs you that the trail is about to change direction.
  • If the top blaze is offset from the bottom blaze, the turn is in the direction of the top blaze.
Flatwoods Footpath Trail Blazes
Decatur Boardwalk - Jones Swamp
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