Tyndall is an active military base covering 29,000 acres on a
peninsula adjoining the Gulf of Mexico. The base features
freshwater marshes, pine flatwoods, pitcher plant bogs, sand pine
scrub, tidal pools, and beaches bordering a bay. Warbler's Way is a
quarter-mile elevated boardwalk that threads past an active rookery
of some 200 pairs of herons and egrets. Deer Run Nature Trail
rambles about a mile through various upland habitats. The nearest
town is Panama City.
Egrets and herons nest in the Warbler's Way rookery from May
through September. In March and April, the area around the
boardwalk abounds with migrating songbirds. At East End Beach, look
for dozens of species of shorebirds, including black skimmers,
American oystercatchers, snowy plovers, and piping plovers.
Loggerhead sea turtles nest on this beach on summer nights, and you
may be fortunate enough to watch the baby sea turtles escape from
their nest and dash toward the sea in late summer. Call the Natural
Resources office for more information.
U.S. Air Force
Tyndall Air Force Base is ten miles east of Panama City on U.S.
Highway 98. Drive 0.25 mile and stop at the visitor's checkpoint
for a pass.
Warbler's Way is 4.0 miles west on Sabre Drive on the right.
To visit Deer Run, take the first left after the checkpoint, drive
0.5 mile to the natural resources building on the right. The
trail begins behind the building.
East End Beach is one mile west of Mexico Beach on U.S. Highway
Other North West
Florida Wildlife Sites