Floridas Big Bend has long been a favored location of tourists and tourists. This unspoiled region we call “Natural North Florida” incorporates the Gulf of Mexico coastline, and has established largely along the spine formed by US19 and US98. On its interior US27, US90, US 301, US441 and Interstate Highways 75 and 10 have actually brought in bigger populations and advancement. Its the coast thats can give visitors an appearance at our heritage and connection to the Gulf.We invite you to take a road journey! This is Part 2 of our series on Big Bend Road Trips. Click HERE to see Part 1 Part 1 ended at the town of Suwannee, called “Suwannee Town” by locals, not to confuse outsiders from Old Town Suwannee, at the intersection of CR349 and US19/98, over 20 miles away. One choice for heading back to US19/98 and resuming your course north towards is to take CR349 back to the main highway. Suwannee to Horseshoe Beach A second option is to follow the Dixie Mainline from the town of Suwannee cross nation to CR357, the road leading from CR351 to Shired Island. This abandoned and graded railway right of way is a bumpy take a look at numerous headwaters of creeks. Theres a boat ramp at Shired Island, along with a shallow beach and campground. Youll find fantastic fishing action in Horseshoe Cove and the local creek mouths. A westerly turn onto CR351 will take you to the fishing village of Horseshoe Beach. Theres no beach, however some exceptional lodging… …… … and intriguing architecture! Just beware of regional authorities! Cross City Back on the main highway (US19/98) head north to Cross City. A village based on the fruits of pine forestry, you dont desire to simply pass through. In Cross City, delight in a fine meal or an over night stay at the historic Putnam Lodge, originally developed to support the regional mill… … … … and do not miss out on a possibility to eat some “country cookin” at the Cypress Inn, simply across the highway from the Putnam Lodge. Steinhatchee Your next stop on your Big Bend experience is the fishing town of Steinhatchee. Head north about 10 miles from Cross City and turn left on CR358. From there, follow the indications and cross the Steinhatchee River. Steinhatchee, situated in southern Taylor County, is the perfect place to find fish, bay scallops, or simply to enjoy Floridas pristine Gulf coastline. Snorkeling for bay scallops is a popular summer activity at Steinhatchee The fishings okay either! Bait, lodging and rental boats are readily available at numerous Steinhatchee marinas There are two ways to drive from Steinhatchee to Perry, at the junction of US19 and US98. I advise taking CR361 to Keaton Beach and on to Perry. Its much more picturesque! And do not miss out on n opportunity to go to Hagens Cove and climb up the observation tower there. Theres a shallow primitive boat launch at Hagens Cove and a huge public ramp at Keaton Beach, on CR361, the “Beach roadway from Perry. Perry–– Where The Big Bend Turns West Perry, Floridas Forest Capital, is a flourishing town, centered around a cellulose mill. Its home of several celebrations, including the Florida Forest Festival, the Blues and BBQ Festival, the Florida Bluegrass Festival as well as other events throughout the year. Click on this link for an excellent take a look at all the important things going on in Perry and Taylor County. Perry is also house to a brought back “Florida Cracker” homestead at the Forest Capital Museum State Park Its worth a go to! West on US98–– On To St. Marks and Panacea Driving from Perry, you have a couple of choices. US19/27 heads north towards Monticello or Tallahassee. US98, the seaside highway, heads west towards St. Marks and Panacea, 2 Gulf-facing fishing neighborhoods. On the way, youll pass over the Aucilla and Econfina Rivers. If youre a paddler, make certain to stop, but you wont be the first person to experience these wild Florida rivers. Proof of human beings going back 14,000 years has been discovered on the Aucilla. And a check out to the Econfina River State Park will provide you a close look at this prehistoric dark-water rocky river. Check Out the St. Marks NWR by taking SR59 south from Newport, simply east of St. Marks on US98. St. Marks Lighthouse overlooks the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the roadway. St. Marks offers anglers lots of chances to catch seatrout, redfish, tarpon and offshore species. Its likewise the house of San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, one of Americas earliest settlements. On this journey, your last stops before leaving our Natural North Florida region and crossing the Ochlocknee River, need to be for lunch at Poseys Up The Creek and then an afternoon at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium in Panacea. We hope this virtual journey along our Big Bend Gulf Coast put you into a “traveling mood” which youll get on the roadway to check out the rich history and surprise websites of our region—— the part of Florida that thinks about “nature to be our amusement park”!
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Steinhatchee, situated in southern Taylor County, is the ideal location to find fish, bay scallops, or simply to delight in Floridas pristine Gulf shoreline. Perry–– Where The Big Bend Turns West Perry, Floridas Forest Capital, is a thriving town, centered around a cellulose mill. Its home of numerous celebrations, including the Florida Forest Festival, the Blues and BBQ Festival, the Florida Bluegrass Festival as well as other events throughout the year. Perry is also home to a restored “Florida Cracker” homestead at the Forest Capital Museum State Park Its worth a see! On this journey, your final stops prior to leaving our Natural North Florida area and crossing the Ochlocknee River, should be for lunch at Poseys Up The Creek and then an afternoon at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium in Panacea.