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Adventure Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve

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What: Adventure Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve
When: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and Northwest Florida State College present a series of Spring eco-adventures in Walton County. Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and residents varied opportunities to explore and discover the natural resources that make South Walton and surrounding areas so unique. CBA adventures await your discovery.

Historical Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve
Guide: Susan Paladini

Mar 9, Mar 26, Apr 30, May 4, May 28

9:30am - 11:30am | Fee: $20 

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre Nature Preserve is owned by the Coffeen Land Trust, a local environmental non-profit organization dedicated to preserving it “as a place of peace and quiet and a haven for all God’s creatures.” Its history however is far from quiet. It was used as a secret missile test site by the Army Air Force during World War II. Hundreds of JB-2 “Buzz Bombs,” (the first pilotless, jet propelled missiles), were launched from the dunes into the Gulf of Mexico.

Join Susan Paladini, the Resident Manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the “mess hall” and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen.

This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1½ miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake. This is the most western of Walton County’s globally rare and imperiled coastal dune lakes.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must.

Space is limited to 16 participants. No minimum.

Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach

Fee: $20

Eco-adventure tour schedule and descriptions are available online at Tour prices vary, starting at $15. Registration is by phone at 850-200-4160. 


Discover Roads Less Traveled tours take place spring, summer and fall seasons offering visitors and local residents opportunities to explore the diverse natural resources that make Walton County unique.    

Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at by clicking the “Eco-Tours” tab. Registration is only available online or in-person at any Northwest Florida State College student services desk. Prices vary starting at $15. The schedule provides a broad range of activities for the warming spring season in Florida. 

Hike the wet prairies at Point Washington State Forest or enjoy a driving tour along the Choctawhatchee River and to Morrison Springs - two commonly overlooked natural gems of Walton County. In the mood for history? Try one of our most popular tours, the historical tour of the Coffeen Nature Preserve.

Read more at our feature story listing all 2016 Spring adventures.

All tours are featured at SoWal Events Calendar throughout the year.

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