Big Lagoon State Park observation tower
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Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park is 655 sprawling acres of coastal beauty filled with adventure waiting for you to explore. The park is in Pensacola, across the Theo Baars Bridge from Perdido Key. Visitors to the park can enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, biking, picnic areas, and much more for those who love outdoor adventures.

Over the years, my family has often enjoyed this park, from camping, birding, paddling in salt marches, and Big Lagoon. 

For those who enjoy viewing nature, many trails, boardwalks, and an observation tower overlook the lagoon. This park is an excellent place for bird watchers.

Kayaking At Big Lagoon

Kayaking at Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park is the terminus for the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. At the launch, there is an overnight campground for those wishing to paddle the 1,515-mile paddling trail. 

A kayak launch is available daily, giving you access to saltwater marshes and Big Lagoon. There is an abundance of wildlife to view while paddling at this State Park.

Hiking At Big Lagoon

View of boardwalk from the observation tower.

Big Lagoon State Park has over five miles of hiking trails. Some trails are raised boardwalks, and the remainder are sandy trails through coastal vegetation. This park is the gateway for the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, so hiking here, you are bound to see various birds. A great stop while visiting is the observation tower, which gives amazing views of the surrounding area. 

Sign for the Great Florida Birding Trail

Quick Facts About Big Lagoon State Park Amenities

  • Boat ramp
  • Kayak Launch
  • Swimming area
  • Campsites with electricity
  • Restrooms and shower facilities
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic areas
  • Observation tower
  • Boardwalks
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Amphitheater

Day Use Fee Information

  • $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
  •  $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
  •  $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Boat Launch & Entrance Fees:

  • Kayak Launch (located at the Observation tower) – free with park admission. 
  • $10.00 for one person with a boat.
  • $12.00 for 2 – 8 people with a boat.

Camping Fee

State Park Contact Information

12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola, Florida 32507
(850) 492-1595
Visit Big Lagoon State Park website.

Photos of Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon Kayak Trail View
View from Observation Tower.
Observation Tower
The observation tower at Big Lagoon
Great Egret
Great Egret at Big Lagoon
Canoe Rental
Canoe Rental
Picnic Table
Picnic Table
Kayaking
Kayaking on the Kayak Trail

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