Sitting on the southern edge of the Apalachicola National Forest along its namesake river, Sopchoppy is a quirky small town surrounded by public lands and parks. Although the only lodgings in town are campgrounds, it’s a resupply stop for the Florida Trail and a fun place to visit.
Trails and Parks around Sopchoppy
- Apalachicola National Forest- The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest National Forest in Florida, sweeping around the southern edge of Tallahassee. It is noted for its botanical beauty.
- Bald Point Beach Walk- Where Ochlockonee Bay meets the Gulf, Bald Point State Park protects the tip of the peninsula. Off the beaten track, it’s a quiet place, perfect for a seaside stroll with a bit of estuarine exploration.
- Bald Point State Park- Where Ochlockonee Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico along the Forgotten Coast, quiet Bald Point State Park protects the tip of the peninsula, providing beaches to roam and estuaries and uplands to explore.
- Florida Trail, Bradwell Bay- 12.3 miles. You're guaranteed to get wet on Florida's roughest, wildest day hike. Situated south of Tallahassee, the Bradwell Bay Wilderness is one of the most majestic and wild places in Northwest Florida.
- Florida Trail, Bradwell West to Porter Lake- 6.8 miles. A connective piece of the Florida Trail centered on the Langston House trailhead, this stretch of trail marries wet flatwoods with roadwalking as it crosses the Ochlockonee River.
- Florida Trail, Porter Lake to Jewel- 4.6 miles. A deep immersion in pine flatwoods and titi swamps awaits along this segment of the Florida Trail, which uses many old forest roads to cross tributaries draining into the Ochlockonee River.
- Florida Trail, Shepherd Spring- 5.3 miles. Plunging into coastal swamps at the Cathedral of Palms, this popular hike along the Florida Trail centers on Shepherd Spring, a natural treasure within St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
- Florida Trail, Sopchoppy- 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.
- Florida Trail, Sopchoppy River- 4 miles. Following the gentle curves of the Sopchoppy River as it carves itself deeply into the bedrock of the Apalachicola National Forest, the Sopchoppy River section of the Florida Trail is one of the most scenic segments of the trail statewide.
- Myron B Hodge City Park- 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.
- Ochlockonee River State Park- At Ochlockonee River State Park waters meet, the tidal bore of the estuary pushing upstream to meet two rivers draining the vast swamps of the Apalachicola National Forest.
- Ochlockonee River State Park Trails- On 2.6 miles of nature trails, immerse in the sandhills and pine flatwoods habitats of the Ochlockonee River basin at Ochlockonee River State Park.
- St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge- Stretching across 70,000 acres in Florida's Big Bend, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge protects one of Florida's longest wild shorelines, more than 43 miles in three counties.