Western Gates's portion of the Florida Nation Scenic Trail (FNST) stretches from Fort Pickens at the eastern end of Gulf Islands National Seashore northward and eastward to where it joins with the trail maintained by the Choctawatchee Chapter near Holt Florida. A spur of the trail leads northward through Blackwater River State Forest to the Alabama line. The trail is divided into four sections listed below
Section 1 Seashore Trail
The Seashore Trail stretches from the fort at Fort Pickens in the Gulf Islands National Seashore eastward to Navarre Beach, then across the Navarre Beach bridge to Navarre. Through hikers should be aware that camping on the beach is illegal except for campgrounds at the fort and a small, primitive campground at mile point 16.1 A list of mileages, and the location of parking lots (P), restrooms (R) is located here. Much of the trail is on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, but two short pieces are available to the day hiker. The first begins at the fort itself and travels two miles through the picnic area and campground to Langdon Beach. The second begins at the kiosk a few hundred yards east of the last high rise condo. This trail takes one through the dunes on the north side of the beach for about three and a half miles where it rejoins Rt 399, One may return to the starting point by following the multi use pathway along the road.
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