A small town along the Florida Trail, Blountstown got its start as a riverboat destination along the Apalachicola River.
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.
Trails and Parks near Blountstown
- Apalachee Savannas Scenic Byway- In the Apalachicola National Forest, the Apalachee Savannas Scenic Byway is a winding stretch of scenic road through expansive wet flatwoods and open pine savannas
- Apalachicola National Forest- 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.
- Blountstown Greenway- Connecting neighborhoods, parks, and services within a historic Apalachicola River town, the paved 3.9-mile Blountstown Greenway includes a segment of the Florida Trail
- Camel Lake Loop- Circle a cypress lined pond in the Apalachicola National Forest at Camel Lake Recreation Area on the Camel Lake Loop, enjoying scenic views and a walk through the pine forest
- Dead Lakes Park- Centered around a mysterious 6,700-acre swamp forest with open waters and shrunken bald cypresses, Dead Lakes Recreation Area provides paddlers, hikers, and campers with a place to play.
- Florida Caverns State Park- A dip into Florida’s only show cave at Florida Caverns State Park brings on an instant sense of cool. Opened in Marianna in the 1930s by the hardworking Civilian Conservation Corps, the tour route wraps through more than a dozen rooms with their own distinct and colorful landscapes.
- Florida Trail, Altha- CLOSED 1.7 miles. Following Bauldree Branch to the bluffs of the Chipola River, the Altha section of the Florida Trail is a fabulous destination for spring wildflowers.
- Paddle to Dead Lakes- 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.
- Trail of Lakes- By itself, the Trail of Lakes is a 3.9-mile blue blazed connector between two portions of the Florida Trail around Camel Lake, a soggy, boggy walk in the Apalachicola National Forest. You can use the Florida Trail to create this 9.5 mile loop
- Weeping Ridge Trail- One of the lesser-heralded delights of Torreya State Park is the Weeping Ridge Trail, which leads to a 25-foot-tall waterfall splashing off the ridge
More near Blountstown
- Paddle to Dead Lakes (Jun 2014)- 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.
- Calhoun, Chipola, and the Altha Trail (Apr 2013)- 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 […]
- Flood gauges for Northwest Florida (Mar 2013)- When North Florida and the Florida Panhandle experience severe flooding along major rivers and their tributaries, add in icy temperatures and it's a recipe for hypothermia.
- Double Dose of Blountstown (May 2007)- The entire community of Blountstown, it seems, showed up to celebrate the grand opening of the new Blountstown Greenway, part of the statewide Florida Trail.