Get in, buckle up and head south to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This hot spot is known to many so make your reservations this instant. Take advantage of more than 3 miles of pristine beaches, unbelivable views and the salt air.
- Learn more about this hot spot here.
The Ecofina Creek meanders through the center of Northwest Florida. It is a stone’s throw from Chipley and Youngstown. The creek is over the hills and through the woods yet worth the drive. The free landing is easily missed off of State Road 20, so keep an eye out for this remote yet pristine spot on North Blue Springs Road in Youngstown.
To reveal a secret not mentioned in this article are two gorgeous springs located in Northwest Florida which don’t make the news. It seems as though the locals keep it to themselves. Nonetheless, the two are
Also noted in this article is swimming at Florida Caverns State Park. Please check their website for latest updates at this park.
Read the story of 7 best natural springs in Florida here.
Getaway to Apalachicola
Written by Authentic Florida Guest Blogger/Author Laura Albritton, her latest book is Hidden History of the Florida Keys
Apalachicola, positioned on the banks of a sublimely beautiful river and bay, is my new favorite weekend escape. Until recently I’d heard of – but never visited – this gem of a small town. Like some Floridians, I wasn’t especially familiar with this region of the panhandle. (It’s not called “the Forgotten Coast” for nothing.) What I discovered were miles of unspoiled scenery, long stretches of Gulf-front beach, and historic sites that make Franklin County well worth exploration. Here you’ll find Alligator Point, St. Teresa, Dog Island, St George Island, the towns of Carrabelle and Eastpoint, and of course, beguiling Apalachicola itself. Read Entire Story
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Falling Waters State Park Reopens
~Following significant damage from Hurricane Michael, the park is now open for day use~
Visitors can once again see Florida’s highest waterfall at Falling Waters State Park.
CHIPLEY, Fla. – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has reopened portions of Falling Waters State Park for day use following the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The park, which experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael – including downed trees and debris, facility, boardwalk, road and trail damage – was partially reopened late last week following three weeks of clean-up and repair.
Visitor safety remains paramount as response efforts continue. Florida State Parks staff continue to work as quickly as possible to finish remaining clean-up and repairs. Amenities and access to certain areas of the parks may be limited until the work is completed.
“Thanks to the hard work of park staff and volunteers, Falling Waters State Park is open for day use,” said Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper. “We hope to reopen all of the state parks impacted by Hurricane Michael as soon as possible.”
Of the 31 state parks impacted by the storm, only seven parks remain closed. Guests can enjoy the beach at St. Andrews State Park, cruise the river at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and explore the gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.
Falling Waters State Park features Florida’s highest waterfall, which cascades down 73 feet to the 100-foot deep Falling Waters Sink. Now that the park has reopened, visitors can once again observe this amazing natural resource.
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About Florida State Parks, Greenways and Trails
The Florida Park Service is the proud recipient of three National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making Florida America’s first three-time Gold Medal winner. The awards were received in 1999, 2005 and 2013 from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association.
Florida’s 175 state parks, trails and historic sites inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty that help strengthen families, educate children, expand local economies and foster community pride. With nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches and more than 1,500 miles of multi-use trails, residents and visitors should plan to visit soon and often to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures. Download the Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger® mobile app, available on iTunes and Android Market, to plan your trip and enhance your experience. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.