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Visitors have always been drawn to the area known today as Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway. While many value the variety of natural resources, including towering trees, waterways filled with fish and shellfish, and clay deposits historically used for making bricks, they also appreciate its fascinating history and awe-inspiring ocean outlooks. From the southernmost terminus, where established oaks and majestic magnolias surround the bridge over Bayou Texar, travelers delight to see the quaint cottages and one-of-a-kind local restaurants. Traveling northward, visitors behold beautiful forested wetlands supporting a diversity of flora and fauna. Drivers describe the highway as having a “Sunday afternoon drive” feel to it. Families picnic at Gaberonne and lovers watch the moon rise from Bay Bluffs Park overlooking Escambia Bay. Take a journey along the same seashore first explored by Spanish Settler Don Tristan de Luna in 1559 and learn why his ship has remained sunken offshore since that time. Drivers catch a glimpse of Escambia Bay’s scenic vistas from atop giant bluffs that are the highest points along Florida’s entire coastline. The Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway traverse through miles of wetlands supporting a diversity of flora and fauna ending its northern terminus at tidal wetlands where U.S. 90 bridges the Escambia River. The natural wonders and rich history of this 11-mile corridor running along U.S. 90 in Escambia County and the city of Pensacola beckon travelers to experience the exceptional qualities that so many have come to appreciate.


Pensacola Scenic Bluffs

Bayou Texar
Begin your journey by crossing a new bridge (under construction) across Bayou Texar. The Bayou Texar Boat Launch is complete with marina, fishing and boating. Notice the majestic oaks, draped with Spanish moss, and the stately magnolias.

Texar Boat Launch & Park
A lovely small city park with majestic oaks draped in Spanish Moss. Ample parking available for boat launch.

Emanuel Point
Visit an area with a colorful history. Off shore lies a shipwreck belonging to Don Tristan de Luna, whose ill-fated attempt to establish a fortified settlement in the Pensacola area left reminders of that fateful year in 1559.

Urban Village
This quaint East Pensacola Heights commercial district invites you to stop and look around, where you’ll find opportunities for shopping, dining or just strolling. Jerry’s Drive-In Restaurant is a Pensacola dining landmark, popular with the locals for many decades.

Magnolia Bluffs
As you travel around the curve where Cervantes meets the Scenic Highway, move northward where you’ll catch your first glimpses of the spectacular views of Escambia Bay from atop bluffs that are the highest point along Florida’s entire coastline.

Bay Bluffs Park
Consider having a picnic in this beautiful 32-acre city park, created to save Magnolia Bluff. Take a walk down the extensive boardwalks to the base of the giant cliffs for a totally different view.

Gaberonne
Start your historical tour with Gaberonne, an area that was part of the old Spanish Land Grants of 1781 and is associated with such famous names in Pensacola history as Marianna Bonifay, Charles LaValle, and Francisco Moreno. The site of a former rice plantation, Gaberonne Swamp is a wetlands area supporting a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Old Chimney
Take a look back in time at a 30-ft. chimney, which stands as a monument to the timber era. It’s what remains of the 1854 steam-powered Hyer-Knowles Sawmill that utilized the vast heart pine forests in the area. M.F. Gonzalez rebuilt the mill using the standing chimney in 1881.

Bohemia
Discover life under a lush tree canopy in a community that grew up around the later mill’s operation and a train stop in 1883. The mill closed in the 1920s and brought about the demise of the community.

Gull Point
Continuing down a historical path, consider that in 1822, this was the site of the home of Don Juan de la Rua, where American delegates from Pensacola and St. Augustine met as the First Florida Legislative Council. Their mission was to construct the framework of the territorial government.

Yniestra
Prior to 1907 this was the site of the Juan Ruby brickyard and was a train stop for the Pensacola and Atlantic Passenger Trail in 1883. At one time, this area was thought to offer the most desirable location in all of Florida for orange groves.

Stony Point
In the 1770s, this was the site of a British brickyard owned by Robert Waugh and later the site of the Joseph Noriega brickyard and plantation. Noriega was elected mayor of Pensacola in 1820, making him the first and last Spanish mayor of the city.

Lora Point
At this location in 1882, the first bridge to span Escambia Bay was erected. The maiden run of the train across the bridge was toasted with champagne and proclamations.

Skinner Mill site
This was the site of the former E. F. Skinner Mill and later a popular picnic ground known as Skinner’s Park. During the British Period (1763-1781), kaolin, a fine white clay was extracted from the nearby bluffs and shipped to England for used in making English clay pipes and some Wedgewood pottery.

Campbell Town
In what is now the River Gardens subdivision, a community composed of 46 French Protestants formed a settlement in 1766 under British Governor Monfort Browne and Pastor Peter Levier.

Esbambia River Estuary
As your trip draws to a close, the scene changes swiftly as towering trees give way to a river of sawgrass in the tidal wetlands at the head of the bay. Such areas provide habitat and refuge areas for sea life and avian species. The area also acts as a spawning ground for blue crab, shrimp, mullet, redfish and spotted sea trout. We hope you enjoyed your journey on this highway of heritage!

Pensacola Scenic Bluffs

Pensacola Visitor Information Center
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Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
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Pensacola Facts
http://florida.com/pensacola/pensacol.htm

Escambia County
http://myescambia.com

Pensacola Scenic Bluffs

Emanuel Point – Offshore lies Florida’s earliest shipwreck belonging to Don Tristan de Luna’s ill-fated attempt to establish a fortified settlement in the Pensacola area, noted for its superb deep-water harbor by early Spanish explorers. When de Luna’s ships arrived in 1559, they carried 1400 settlers and soldiers, but a hurricane sunk the ships still loaded with valuable supplies and livestock.

Gaberonne – This area was part of the old Spanish Land Grants of 1781 and is associated with such famous names in Pensacola history as Marianna Bonifay, Charles LaValle, and Francisco Moreno. Site of a former rice plantation, Gaberonne Swamp is a wetland area that supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Bohemia – Discover life under a lush tree canopy in a community that grew up around the later mill’s operation and a train stop in 1883. The mill closed in the 1920s and brought about the demise of the community.