Turkey Creek Nature Trail
Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Pavilion is a wonderful place to visit in Niceville. The City prides itself on providing a great place for gatherings under the pavilion, swim areas to bring the family to, and quiet spots to enjoy the beauty surrounding you. You'll see canoeing, kayaking, and tubing for all ages. Trail markers describe the vegetation along the boardwalk. There is truly something for everyone at Turkey Creek.
The boardwalk has many places to stop along the way and enjoy the wildlife. You'll see turtles, ducks, many birds and more. An Eagle Scout project provided markers along the trail to identify the vegetation. There are swimming holes and rest areas with benches. Do you walk for exercise? What better place under the shade of the trees? The boardwalk is 1 mile one way, with markers at the 1/4 mile points. The North end entrance of the boardwalk, which includes a kayak / canoe launch slip, is located on West College Boulevard by Hawks Landing subdivision. This area of the park also features three 12' x 20' picnic pavilions and restrooms.
- Boardwalk closes 20 minutes prior to posted park closure
- Do not feed the animals
- Food may not be taken on the boardwalk beyond the pavilion
- No alcohol or glass containers
- No climbing on rails
- No jumping or diving from walkway
- No skateboards, roller blades, skates, or bicycles
- Pets are not allowed on the park grounds
The walkway is open at 6:30 a.m. seven days a week. Closing times are seasonal and are posted at the facility. The City of Niceville provides free rides for senior citizens and physically handicapped persons. Please call 850-685-9405 to schedule a ride or for more information about Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Pavilion.
The City of Niceville, in working with Compassionate Friends, established the Turkey Creek Nature Trail Path of Memories. This area is open to everyone, but with special emphasis on parents who have lost a son or daughter. For those who have lost a child, you have the opportunity to place a plaque provided by Bay Area Awards in this special, tranquil area.
Please submit your application in person to the park supervisor, Phillip Spencer, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Along the creek, swimmers have fun cooling off from the heat. Canoes, kayaks, and tubes are allowed. However, no gasoline engines.
- The pavilion is equipped with lights, picnic tables, grills, and a beautiful stone fireplace hearth. Many events have been held at the Pavilion such as, Birthday parties, office events, socials and team recognition ceremonies just to name a few. The pavilion works on a first come basis.
- Security staff are on site to ensure a safe, fun environment for all to enjoy.
- Take the family for an outing. It's become such a popular spot, you never know who you will run into!
- There are soda vending machines and restrooms near the pavilion.