The county seat of Liberty County, Bristol has a compact, walkable downtown. Immediately to its south is the vast Apalachicola National Forest, which extends an hour’s drive south and southeast.
To the north of Bristol are conservation lands along the Apalachicola River bluffs, including Torreya State Park and lands managed by The Nature Conservancy.
In town, Veterans Memorial Park features a walking trail, a boardwalk into a cypress swamp paralleling a scale model railroad open periodically for rides.
The Florida Trail passes through Bristol as it heads west over the long Trammel Bridge over the Apalachicola River into the Central Time Zone.
On the other side of the bridge is Blountstown, another rural river community.
Trails and Parks near Bristol
Here’s what it looks like to walk into and through Bristol along the Florida Trail route, a roadwalk up CR 12 to SR 20 and the Apalachicola River.