A ribbon of asphalt that connects communities and parks within the historic Apalachicola River town of Blountstown, the Blountstown Greenway is ideal for walking or biking.
In part, it serves as a path for the Florida National Scenic Trail through the center of town.
Heavily shaded by deep upland forest for much of the journey, it connects Sam Atkins Park, home of the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, at the western edge of town with Neal Landing along the Apalachicola River, a 3.9-mile journey.
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Length: 3.9 miles linear (7.8 miles round-trip)
Trailhead: 30.445661, -85.045109
Fees / Permits: none
Restroom: yes, at the depot and Sam Atkins Park
Land manager: City of Blountstown
Open dawn to dusk. Leashed pets welcome. No motorized vehicles.
The above trailhead is at Railroad Park, adjoining the Depot Museum.
You’ll encounter trail crossings along most of the north-south roads in Blountstown, but the best places to access the trail are from Railroad Park and the historic depot downtown along NE Pear Street, Sam Atkins Park at the western end, and Neal Landing at the eastern end. The trail passes under SR 20 just east of downtown.
For a pleasant short outing along the Blountstown Greenway, start at Railroad Park. Walk east past the depot and into a lush floodplain forest.
The straightaway reaches a boardwalk and jogs left across it to cross a creek and duck under SR 20.
Continue to the next junction in the trail (the side path to the right leads to a convenience store). Turn around and return for a walk of a mile.
For a longer walk, walk west along the greenway, crossing Pear St and SR 71 downtown. Where you reach the intersection of orange and blue blazes at 0.7 mile, continue along the blue blazes to Sam Atkins Park.
The stretch between the road crossing before the trail intersection and the park is particularly scenic and deeply shaded, crossing a bridge over the swamp. This is a 2.6-mile round-trip.
The full greenway is best experienced by bike. Choose your trailhead and go for a ride!
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 …
See our photos of the Blountstown Greenway
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