Turkey Creek Nature Trail & 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 as you'll see in the pictures below.
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 W. College Blvd by Hawks Landing subdivision. This area of the park also features three 12'x20' picnic pavilions and restrooms.
Do not feed the animals
No jumping or diving from walkway
No climbing on rails
No alcohol or glass containers
Pets are not allowed on the park grounds
No skateboards, roller blades, skates, or bicycles
Food may not be taken on the boardwalk beyond the pavilion
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.
Because of the generosity of Dr. Michael Mihalcik, we were able to put together a project to establish a quiet area on Turkey Creek. This area is open to everyone, but with a special emphasis on living 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 Award's in this special area. Please call the Turkey Creek Office at (850) 685-9405, or the City's Administrative Office at (850) 279-6436 for details. Applications may be picked up at the Turkey Creek Office during normal business hours.
The pavilion is equipped with lights, picnic tables, grills, and a beautiful stone fireplace hearth. Many events have been held day and night at the pavilion. Birthday parties, office events, socials, team recognition ceremonies are all welcome. The pavilion works on a first come basis.
There are soda vending machines and restrooms near the pavilion.
Along the creek, swimmers have fun cooling off from the heat. Canoes, kayaks, and tubes are allowed. However, no gasoline engines.
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!