As the great swampy bays of the Apalachicola National Forest drain towards the sea, they carry wilderness waters through the tiny town of Sopchoppy into Ochlockonee Bay.
It’s at Ochlockonee River State Park where waters meet, the tidal bore of the estuary pushing upstream to meet two rivers – the Dead River and the Ochlockonee – at this pine-scented peninsula, a launch point for estuarine exploration.
Resources for exploring the area
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Address: 429 State Park Rd, Sopchoppy
Fees: $4 per vehicle, $2 pedestrian or cyclist
Restroom: At the picnic area and campground
Land manager: Florida State Park
Open 8 AM to sunset. Leashed dogs welcome.
The park is 4 miles south of Sopchoppy along US 319. From US 98, follow US 319 north towards Sopchoppy. After you enter the park, follow State Park Rd past the campground to the end of the road at the picnic area.
About the Park
Colorful wildflowers carpet the forest floor in spring and fall, including the rare Panhandle lily.
The Pine Flatwoods and Ochlockonee River Trails enable you to wander through the woods for photography and wildlife watching, at its finest along Reflection Pond.
Not fond of walking? The park has a beautiful scenic drive that winds through the wiregrass and also provides access to the beauty spot on Reflection Pond.
Beneath the thickly-knit branches of sand live oaks, the picnic area and playground always has a nice breeze.
Docks near the confluence provide an entry point for boaters, and kayakers can pull up on the gentle beaches along the bluffs.
See our photos from Ochlockonee River State Park
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
Myron B. Hodge City Park offers a nature trail where you can linger along the Sopchoppy River amid the sweet spring scent of Florida azalea.
8.9 miles. Slipping through pine flatwoods and sandhills to the east of Sopchoppy, the Florida Trail plays tag with a network of forest roads that criss-crosses the southern portion of the Apalachicola National Forest.
4.1 miles. Following the gentle curves of the Sopchoppy River in the Apalachicola National Forest, this section of the Florida Trail is one of the most scenic hikes on the trail.