Blountstown is the seat of Calhoun County and well known for its railroad history and preserving regional folkways at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. The Florida Trail passes right through town on the Blountstown Greenway.
While Blountstown received a direct hit from Hurricane Michael in October 2018, a great deal of effort was put into reopening the Greenway and Sam Atkins Park for use. Volunteers have been instrumental in restoring the grounds of the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement as well. Quite a few businesses remain closed, but regional public lands are mostly open.
Outdoor Recreation Destinations
One of Florida’s most unusual and beautiful places to paddle, the Dead Lakes include 6,700 acres of mazy cypress and tupelo swamps in the Chipola River floodplain.
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 …
Cold weather and high water causes hypothermia, so play it safe. Before hiking in winter in North Florida and the Florida Panhandle, check these flood gauges.