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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.
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.
Camp at Ochlockonee River State Park or Myron B. Hodge City Park. Hotels are available along US 98 just 15 minutes away in Medart.