Catering to hikers,
joggers, cyclists, and equestrians alike, the University
of West Florida offers miles of paths for public use. The
university’s 1,600-acre campus has been designated
a nature preserve. The nature walk is divided into three
areas, which can be walked in its entirety or separately
as time permits.
You can enjoy walking along a half-mile
boardwalk that winds through a hardwood swamp above Thompson’s
Bayou. The Edward Ball Wildlife Sanctuary is a favorite
destination for viewing wildlife and plants. Visitors
can also enjoy several naturally preserved and landscaped
areas on the main campus. UWF property also borders the
Escambia Bay estuary.
Landscape & Wildlife: The
Edward Ball Nature Preserve features a half-mile boardwalk,
which meanders through Thompson’s Bayou over a
hardwood swamp, with prothonotary warbler-laden cypress
trees above and wading egrets below. The preserve is
home to mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, including
turtles and an occasional American alligator.
like northern parulas, summer tanagers and great crested
flycatchers frequent the area, and migration in spring
and fall can yield some interesting visiting species.