Conservation Park

Professor Google rescued me once again.

I’ve visited so many of my nearby state parks, and so often, that I really wanted to find someplace new. Perusing the Florida National Trails website, I found just what I wanted. A local park (within an hour’s drive), and a hidden gem. If you don’t know where this park is, it’s unlikely that you’d find it on your own.

Tucked away on the far end of an Industrial Park in Panama City, Conservation Park is a treasure trove of hiking and biking trails. I was there almost two hours, walked over four miles, and didn’t begin to touch on all the trails. I’ll definitely be going back, maybe even try out more of the bike paths.

The trails were well-maintained and easy to navigate. They took me through stands of tall pines and fields of palmettos. Long boardwalks wended through spectacular marshes, and over slow ambling creeks.

Bright blue skies, and cool temps made the morning hike almost effortless. Even evidence of a recent controlled burn was a harbinger of spring, clearing way for new growth.

You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, and/or iPhone4)

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Unknown Mami
Submitted to Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City

14 thoughts on “Conservation Park

  1. What a pretty place. I love that you were able to find this treasure of a park! : ) Isn’t it awesome to live somewhere and discover new places you didn’t know existed? I always love when that happens to us. It was so great to visit you again today : ). I always love coming here.


    1. That was from the controlled burn area, it really looked like that. I didn’t change anything about the actual color. That’s why I thought the scene was so fascinating. There was a wide swatch of black, burnt undergrowth, and little splashes of color from plants that weren’t completely scorched.


  2. Fabulous. Makes me think of our own woods, though aimed more for walkers than bikes though recently they’ve opened up some of the upper paths for track events. After the controlled ‘devastation’ of last year, the woods are recovering. I am looking forward to my next walks which no doubt will be showing the first signs of spring.


    1. This park was such a wonderful surprise. I’ve driven past this industrial complex many times and never knew what was hidden in the back. I’m already planning to go back.


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