The Eglin Air Force Base contains over 463 thousand acres of wooded and picturesque beauty with a lot of different things to do, but the best, by far, is the Upper Ben’s Lake Trail. This one-mile path in Eglin, Florida takes you along the fringes of the Upper Ben’s Lake area along Eglin Boulevard and close to the Choctawhatchee Bay. You and your pooch may enjoy watching the boats go by on the bay as you meander along the wooded path.
You will need a recreational pass to access the area, which only costs $7 per day. You can get this pass at the Jackson Guard building on Highway 85 North. They will also give you a map with all of the open and closed areas of the Eglin Reservation Area for that day. This whole area is a popular one for those who reside on base, as well as the public, so you will likely be sharing the path with others no matter what time of day you visit.
Although there are public restrooms near the trailhead, it is unknown if there are any along the route. Because Florida can be hot at any time of the year, you will need to bring your own bottled water for both you and your pup. There are no cleanup bag dispensers, so you will also need to bring your own.
There are a few benches in the shady areas and some in the sun, so you can decide whether you want to soak up the sun or hideout in the shade when you want to relax. If you plan to fish, you are welcome to do so, but will you need a Florida State fishing license. Fido will love watching you reel in a monster bass or catfish.
While on your short walk, you will likely see a variety of pawesome foliage and flowers including yellow coreopsis (tickweed), asters, sunflowers, phlox, and the showy fringed campion. Overall, this trail is a scenic and peaceful walk that you and Fido should not miss.