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 and, in part, serves as a path for the Florida 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.
Length: 3.9 miles (7.8 miles round-trip)
Lat-Long: 30.445661, -85.045109 (M&B Railroad Park)
Fees / Permits: none
Bug factor: low to moderate
Restroom: yes, at the depot and Sam Atkins Park
You’ll encounter trail crossings along most of the north-south roads in Blountstown, but the best places to access the trail are from the M&B Railroad Park and 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 the M&B 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 up 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, start at the M&B and walk west along the greenway. 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!