Along US 90 in Marianna, a highway pulloff provides a quiet place to duck into the woods and sit a spell along the shores of a crystalline waterway—Spring Creek. The creek begins at Blue Spring, a swimming area to the north, and flows into a reservoir on the opposite side of US 90. Here, at the end of a short but pleasant boardwalk through the floodplain forest, you can see the water (and fish) rush down the spillway and into the forest, turning from churning froth to glassy stream. Step off the boardwalk and do a little exploring along the cypress-lined shoreline to see Louisiana herons and snowy egrets in the shallows.
Length: 0.2 mile
Lat-Long: 30.752359, -85.192961
Fees / Permits: none
Bug factor: low to moderate
This is the tubing and kayak put-in for a four-mile trip that drops you into the Chipola River and down to Bear Paw Adventures (www.bearpawescape.com), who’ll rent you tubes and provide a shuttle during their season. The boardwalk landing and creek shoreline is also popular with anglers, and the shallow waterway’s coves are ideal for fly-fishing.
The pulloff and parking area is along US 90 heading east from downtown Marianna, just on the other side of the bridge after you pass the Riverhouse restaurant.