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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.
Home to the annual Worm Grunting Festival, it’s a compact place with an artsy vibe and lots of azaleas in bloom in early spring.
The tiny downtown is used for resupply by long distance hikers. Civic Brewing, a homegrown microbrewer, brings in food trucks. The Sopchoppy Grocery has hot and cold eats available.
The Florida Trail sweeps through the Apalachicola National Forest north of town, offering vistas along the Sopchoppy River and nice designated campsites for backpackers.
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
4.1 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.
Camp at Ochlockonee River State Park or Myron B. Hodge City Park. Hotels are available along US 98 just 15 minutes away in Medart.
Trails and Parks near Sopchoppy
Explore Ochlockonee River State Park
For a breezy place to camp and trails to explore, head on up to the “Forgotten Coast” and track down Ochlockonee River State Park outside of Sopchoppy.