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Long the heart of Florida’s timber industry, Perry is the county seat of Taylor County along Florida’s Big Bend, set within a coastal puzzle of swamp forests and estuary that is mostly timberlands.
Timber companies removed vast tracts of virgin pines and cypress, and processed the harvest in two enormous timber mills. Farms blanket the higher, drier ground.
The Florida Trail crosses US 19 to the north of Perry as part of a lengthy backroads roadwalk between the Suwannee River and the Aucilla River.