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“Great and fun bike trail” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Timpoochee Trail

Timpoochee Trail
Fort Walton Beach, FL
800-822-6877
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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“Great and fun bike trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

First thing I need to say to TripAdvisor is they need to change the location of this attraction. It is NOT in Ft. Walton (A good 35 minute drive from Ft. Walton). It is even 12 miles past Destin. But because Destin is the closest and biggest town near it, I guess it could be considered an attraction in Destin.

This trail is 30 miles long one way. But there are plenty of places to park your car, so you can choose to bike 60 miles, or just 1 or 2 depending on where you park and where you want to bike.
If coming from Destin, shortly after the hospital in Sandestin, you will see a sign pointing to the beaches (Topsail Beach) to the right (a big intersection). Take that. The trail will start shortly after and there is free parking. If your plan is to bike through the charming towns, I would suggest driving on to one of the communities you are interested in, because some of the best of those towns are at the halfway point of the trail. So it will be quite a bike ride to get there from this starting point.If coming from Panama City, head to Rosemary Beach and park there. The trail ends (or begins there) depending on which side you start on.
The trail itself is a combination of scenery. You can pass the woods only. You can pass through some older neighborhoods, and you will also pass some of the most charming seaside villages you will get to bike through in Florida. At a few areas of the trail, you will be able to view the Gulf of Mexico. And there are several community access walkways if you want to stop and visit the beach for a little while. The path is paved, and wide enough for bikers and pedestrians to share. There are a few bumpy places on the trail, but outside of that, it is an easy trail to ride on. You will pass over various driveways, but will cross over relatively few streets to have to wait for cars. Many cars will yield for you, but keep in mind, many tourist are glancing around at the scenery themselves and may not notice you. As far as biking solo on the trail, it is relatively safe. The trail stays along the road the entire time, so hopefully anyone out to do you harm will think twice because of all of the passing traffic that is in full view.
While always good to have water with you on a trail, you will pass multiple stores and restaurants if you are in need of a drink or snack. Bathroom facilities are available. Many will be at the restaurants you will pass. But I do know that Seaside does have public restrooms, and about a mile east of Seaside, there is a beach access area on the beach side of the road, and there is a bathroom located in that parking lot (it is not overly obvious from the road).
One of the fun parts of riding the trail is that you pass through several charming seaside town, that you have to do a side trip and ride through the streets to look at the architecture or landscapes. I personally think it is one of the main reason that parts of the trail are so heavily used. In these small towns, if you do not live there, you are not allowed to drive your car through them, which make it easier/safer to get around by bike. If you ride around enough, you can often find the small nature trails that are associated with some of the towns. Many people have heard of Seaside. Several communities that are similar popped up over the years, that still have their own charm. Each area is worth a visit, even if you have to take more than one trip to see them.
If you are more into nature trails, than paved trails, there are a few State parks located along the trail (you can also choose to park there and just bike out to the trail). Just check the map for where they are. Or park elsewhere and check out the other trails along the way.
If you did not bring a bike, do not worry. There are multiple places from one end to the other that rent out bikes. Whether you live in the area or are close enough to visit, this is a must do. If you like to do a little activity, biking is a much better way to explore the trail than to walk or jog even. You will just have the opportunity to see much more.
So please come, and have fun....

Visited May 2013
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Rye, NY
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“Perfect Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Nothing could be more beautiful than riding along the coast in Florida's Panhandle, especially on a trail that allows you to avoid traffic. Timpoochee Trail winds through many small villages and past beaches and parks. Whether you are looking for a straight ride or a trail with places to stop in scenic communities and parks and beaches, Timpooshee has it all. The path is almost flat, although the winds can make the ride more difficult. We learned to check the wind forecast and plan our rides accordingly. You can park on streets along the route or at State Parks (for a fee), which also provide more riding and beach access.

Visited March 2013
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Pensacola, Florida
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“Scenic Bike Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Wonderful bike trail with the most awesome scenic views. The trail is very long with lots of shops and restaurants along the way.

Visited November 2012
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“Great Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is a beautiful arena and camp which nearly closed a few years ago due to lack of funds and maintenance. I am delighted that it was turned around and still exists at all.

Visited January 2012
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Minot, North Dakota
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“Rent bicycles on 30-A, between Destin and Panama City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

If you're in the area between Panama City and Destin, rent a bicycle and spend a few hours or the day exploring the area on and near the “30-A Bike Path.” Also called the Timpoochee Trail, the 20-or-so-miles of paved bike/walking path parallels Scenic Highway 30-A. The bike path meanders through popular beach towns, staying on the beachside of the highway the whole way. It addition to winding through beach communities, you ride/walk along and through marsh lakes, coastal dunes, sand hills, ponds, swamps, and natural scenery with occasional gulf views. Bikers/walkers can pick up the path anywhere along Hwy 30-A.

We rented bikes one evening in August ‘09. The rental shop closed before we got there, but we had prearranged to have 2 bikes waiting for us outside of the store. When we were finished we were instructed to leave the bikes outside, locked to their bike rack. Talk about accommodating! There are plenty of bike rental shops along County Road 30-A. Some advertise they will even deliver a bike to you and pick it up when you're done.

Nearly the entire stretch of 30-A is filled with small towns and an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind businesses - galleries, craft stores, clothing shops, jewelry shops, restaurants and bars. Probably the most famous community along 30-A is Seaside. Coming upon Seaside was interesting - white and pastel homes and businesses, pedestrian friendly, white sand hills, emerald Gulf waters, and businesses with one thing in common – they were all unique. Seaside was the fictionally perfect town in the Jim Carrey movie, "The Truman Show.” Remember that movie? We wanted to spend more time in Seaside, but the sun was setting fast and we didn't want to be riding bikes in the dark.

There are many state parks along and near 30-A, all of which have more bike and hiking trails. The area between Panama City Beach and Destin has several nicknames - the Emerald Coast, the Forgotten Coast, the Beaches of South Walton, and 30-A. Renting bikes was a wonderful way to spend an evening in the FL Panhandle. Two thumbs up.

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