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Big Bend Scenic Byway

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Byway Central Itinerary

 Picnic facilities  area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead Rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means "yellow waters," is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water. Pristine and deep, the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico.


Byway Central Itinerary

12th Street Pier & Boardwalk  
1 hr. or more
Paved to boardwalk through marsh to wood deck and dock

“Good fishing”
“Very nice and quiet”

Byway East Itinerary

Wakulla Springs is internationally known as one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world and the park is host to an abundance of wildlife, including White-Tailed Deer, Alligators, Suwannee River Cooters, Manatees, Wood Ducks, Anhinga, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, other birds, and snakes. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park.

Daily guided riverboat tours provide a close encounter with wildlife and glass-bottom boat tours are offered when the water is exceptionally clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months but the water temperature remains a constant 69 degrees year-round.

The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Byway East Itinerary

City park that offers a boat ramp, picnic areas, bird and wildlife viewing.

1 hr.
Paved access to ramp, restroom directly opposite

“Comfortable deck with nice ramp”
“Restroom very clean”
“Great water views and birds”

Byway East Itinerary

A local gathering place and site for community festivals, Woolley Park sits on the waterfront of Dickerson Bay in Panacea, FL.

Byway East Itinerary

This secluded beach and simple county park are located at the eastern end of Mashes Sands Road where Coastal Highway 98 intersects Ochlockonee Bay Bridge. Park facilities include restrooms, a fishing pier, and boat ramp. 

Byway East Itinerary

Bald Point State Park is located on Alligator Point where the Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay. The coastal marshes, pine flat woods, and oak thickets support a diverse biological community that makes this park perfect for birding and viewing wildlife. View migrations of birds and butterflies in the fall into winter. This park offers sunbathing, fishing and hiking and facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions.

Byway West Itinerary

Cash Creek
Tate’s Hell State Forest

Paved access to fishing dock on Cash Creek, with portable restroom.

Paved parking to picnic pavilion, portable restroom nearby.