Protecting nearly 4,400 acres where the Econfina River snakes its way to the Gulf of Mexico through the vast marshes of the Big Bend, Econfina River State Park is well off the beaten path.
Fees: free, $5 boat ramp fee
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
Take the road less traveled – a dead-end to the village of Econfina – to experience the dramatic landscapes of this forgotten coast, where cabbage palms wave in the breeze along the rim of islands amid vast marshes.
Ease your boat down to the Gulf for some fabulous flats fishing, or navigate through the needlerush by kayak or canoe. Three loop trails meander through the uplands, too, for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians to enjoy.
The park offers two rustic motel rooms in one cabin on site, adjoining the visitor center and boat launch. To rent, inquire via Bonnie’s Concession, 850-584-3026. Rooms $65/night.