If exploring Panama City Beach is on your pup's barket list, then hitting Gayle's Trails is the way to go! Named for former mayor Gayle F. Oberst, this network of trails offers nearly 15 miles of paved paths for hikers, runners, cyclists, and four-legged adventurers to enjoy.
You and Fido may begin your hike at Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach Conservation Park, the northern end of Gulf Boulevard, or the Colony Club subdivision. With the exception of Colony Club, all trailheads have parking, but Frank Brown Park is the most pawpular one thanks to its central location. Follow the trail east from here for a nearly 5-mile round trip to Colony Club. Follow the trail west, and you'll find yourselves strolling through the woods before reaching Highway 79. At this point, you and your pooch may head north to the West Bay Bridge on a paved path that runs beside the highway, or cross the road to get to Conservation Park. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, this 3,000-acre site is home to more dog-friendly trails and boardwalks that meander through cypress domes.
If your pup still has energy left by the time you return to Frank Brown, continue your hike on the trails within the park, or have Fido run it off in the off-leash dog play area while you rest your feet. Wherever you go on Gayle's Trails, be sure to keep your doggo on a leash or under voice command at all times. Don't leave the waste bags at home and clean up any mess your pooch might make right away. Bring plenty of water, too, so that you both stay happy and hydrated throughout your hike. There's more to Panama City Beach than its white-sand beaches, and you and your furry pal can experience it when you tackle Gayle's Trails!
Some parts of the trail are not shaded, so wear a hat and sunscreen! You may also want to visit in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn't as harsh, so that Fido's paws don't get too hot.