There is something magical about the Apalachicola River, from its beginning at the Georgia/Florida border to its broad flow out to the Gulf of Mexico.
It starts at Lake Seminole, where the waters of the Flint and Chattacoochee Rivers merge in Georgia to pour over the Woodruff Dam and start the Apalachicola River’s 167-mile journey south. For much of its length, it serves as a time zone boundary between Eastern and Central Time, confusing cell phones in riverside communities.
In the deeply folded landscapes along its upper shores, ravines host some of the rarest plants in Florida, including remnant populations of Appalachian cove species that migrated south. The tributaries and swamps that feed this basin are home to fascinating plants, including one of Florida’s highest concentrations of pitcher plants around Sumatra.