Marianna

Best known for Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna is one of the larger communities in Florida's Central Panhandle, with a variety of recreational opportunities.

Apalachicola National Forest

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The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest National Forest in Florida, sweeping around the southern edge of Tallahassee. It is noted for its botanical beauty.

Apalachicola River

Apalachicola River

There is something magical about the Apalachicola River, surrounded by deeply folded ravines at its upper end and wet pine flatwoods farther south, home to unusual plant species along its length.

Blountstown

Blountstown

A small town along the Florida Trail, Blountstown got its start as a destination along the Apalachicola River. It is the seat of Calhoun County.

Calhoun, Chipola, and the Altha Trail

Altha-bridge

About a decade ago, I was in Blountstown for the grand opening of the brand-new Blountstown Greenway, a project that, it seemed, the whole town rallied around. They showed up in droves for the grand opening to celebrate the first-ever public pathway in Calhoun County, one of Florida’s more rural spots about an hour west […]

Caverns Trail System

Tunnel Cave

Most people come to see the stalactites and stalagmites at Florida’s only show cave. But the hiking’s even weirder at Florida Caverns State Park, home of Florida’s only hiking trail through a cave.

Chattahoochee Nature Trails

Chattahoochee Nature Trails

Chattahoochee Nature Trails system treats hikers to an exploration of botanically-rich habitats along bluffs and ravines near the Apalachicola River and an archaeological site towering over the river’s edge.

DeFuniak Springs

DeFuniak Springs

DeFuniak Springs is the county seat of Walton County, its historic residential district clustered around a perfectly round spring-fed lake exactly a mile in circumference.