Florida Panhandle Overlanding (Eglin,BlackWater, Yellow River)

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Traveler I

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Hello OB SouthEast!

I was asked to make a post and share about some of the great wheeling that is available in the Florida Panhandle. I Spent 2 years in Crestview Florida near Eglin AFB. During my time there I had many opportunities to explore and my hope is that in this post I can share some greats spots, plan a future OB meetup and Overlanding trip through much of these areas and encourage each of you to find the things I haven’t found just yet that aren’t on my list. Who knows there is tons of land with tons to see.

Here is the jist of it. This first post will cover Eglin as I spent most of my time on Eglin. It’s vitally important you remember that your need a Jackson Guard Pass to be on Eglin. They are $20 and totally worth it. Eglin is like no other place you can overland because you can of the nature of the area it is, a military base. Be sure to check the usage maps to ensure you don’t run into a training. May I just say from first had experience you don’t want to make that mistake. Luckily... I know people. The military equipment that can be found on base is 100% worth the journey. I will share many of the spots with you. However I will keep some of the coordinates to myself so they can be a surprise in the winter or spring when we do our meetup.

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Hippie Hole Creek / Rope Swing: N30°34'52.8" | W86°34'29.6"
Single Tank in field: N30°30'42.6" | W86°56'15.5"
Huey Helicopter: N30°36'14.1" | W86°47'47.6"
Single Tank: N30°35'56.4" | W86°48'43.9"
TA-4J Navy Jet Fuselage: N30°35'31.1" | W86°52'24.3"
Abandoned Watchtower: N30°30'48.1" | W86°37'21.1"
Old Canon: N30°33.197" | W86 55.279"
Turkey Hen Whiskey Still: N30°41'01.2600" | W86°34'21.8400"
WWII Small Arms Shooting Range: N30°35'49.4" | W86°41'8.3"
Broxson / Flowers Field Cemetary: N30°34'51.2" | W86°51'42.5"
Turkey Creek Swimming Hole: N30°34'49.6" | W86°36'03.2"

These coordinates should keep each of you busy for a while! I’ll make a follow up most about black water and yellow river here soon.

Happy wheeling! Keep this thread going! Post your pictures ask questions. Let’s make overlanding in Florida better than ever. Be safe, don’t be an idiot. Clean up after yourself and follow the rules and maybe just maybe our kids will still be able to do things like this one day.

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rrjones2u

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Thank you so much for this post. I live in Enterprise AL just outside Ft Rucker, I'm also retired military, so I'm somewhat familiar with training areas. I went online and got my pass, very easy, now I'm ready to go.
Hello OB SouthEast!

I was asked to make a post and share about some of the great wheeling that is available in the Florida Panhandle. I Spent 2 years in Crestview Florida near Eglin AFB. During my time there I had many opportunities to explore and my hope is that in this post I can share some greats spots, plan a future OB meetup and Overlanding trip through much of these areas and encourage each of you to find the things I haven’t found just yet that aren’t on my list. Who knows there is tons of land with tons to see.

Here is the jist of it. This first post will cover Eglin as I spent most of my time on Eglin. It’s vitally important you remember that your need a Jackson Guard Pass to be on Eglin. They are $20 and totally worth it. Eglin is like no other place you can overland because you can of the nature of the area it is, a military base. Be sure to check the usage maps to ensure you don’t run into a training. May I just say from first had experience you don’t want to make that mistake. Luckily... I know people. The military equipment that can be found on base is 100% worth the journey. I will share many of the spots with you. However I will keep some of the coordinates to myself so they can be a surprise in the winter or spring when we do our meetup.

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Hippie Hole Creek / Rope Swing: N30°34'52.8" | W86°34'29.6"
Single Tank in field: N30°30'42.6" | W86°56'15.5"
Huey Helicopter: N30°36'14.1" | W86°47'47.6"
Single Tank: N30°35'56.4" | W86°48'43.9"
TA-4J Navy Jet Fuselage: N30°35'31.1" | W86°52'24.3"
Abandoned Watchtower: N30°30'48.1" | W86°37'21.1"
Old Canon: N30°33.197" | W86 55.279"
Turkey Hen Whiskey Still: N30°41'01.2600" | W86°34'21.8400"
WWII Small Arms Shooting Range: N30°35'49.4" | W86°41'8.3"
Broxson / Flowers Field Cemetary: N30°34'51.2" | W86°51'42.5"
Turkey Creek Swimming Hole: N30°34'49.6" | W86°36'03.2"

These coordinates should keep each of you busy for a while! I’ll make a follow up most about black water and yellow river here soon.

Happy wheeling! Keep this thread going! Post your pictures ask questions. Let’s make overlanding in Florida better than ever. Be safe, don’t be an idiot. Clean up after yourself and follow the rules and maybe just maybe our kids will still be able to do things like this one day.

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DanW

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You do not have to military. Pass is 20 a year I think... maybe have changed.
Google
Isportsman Eglin... You'll watch a short movie and then answer some ?'s. Very easy.
That just looks like such a neat and unusual experience. My kids would go nuts seeing those relics! How many acres hold the trails?
 

Traveler I

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Florida
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That just looks like such a neat and unusual experience. My kids would go nuts seeing those relics! How many acres hold the trails?
Eglin is the largest military base in regards to landmass. There are so many trails that you could spend years exploring it and never take the same trail. Kids LOVE it out there. Great way to teach history and just have some fun.
 

Spooky08

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My friend had to cancel, if you got the day off I can meet you.
I’ll put that one in your court since you’re the one commuting down. If you want to come down I’ll meet you, or we can do it another time. I’ll check this in the morning. Sleeping in after a late night isn’t really a thing for me anymore.
 

rrjones2u

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Let's do it another time, thanks.
I’ll put that one in your court since you’re the one commuting down. If you want to come down I’ll meet you, or we can do it another time. I’ll check this in the morning. Sleeping in after a late night isn’t really a thing for me anymore.
 
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