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This site is part of a vast ecosystem that begins hundreds of miles away in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia. The 82,554- acre Apalachicola River contains the largest expanse of floodplain forest in Florida. This region is considered one of the most important bird habitats in the southeastern United States: more than 280 species have been identified in the Apalachicola River area.

The area lies on the eastern fringe of the Mississippi Flyway and hosts large numbers of birds from both the Midwest and the Atlantic seaboard during migratory periods. Travelers have an outstanding view of the Apalachicola from the tower that also overlooks a beautiful Cabbage Palm hammock and floodplain forest. The site also includes interpretive panels, picnic tables, a short nature walk, and dock.


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After multiple natural disasters and rebuilds, a replica of the St. George Island Lighthouse stands a couple hundred yards off of the beach with a museum and gift shop. 


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21.48 miles of multiuse trails running the length of St. George Island.


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Mill Pond Nature Trail
45 min.
Deep ruts in roadway from marina to nature trail entrance, shell/ dirt path around Mill Pond to Scipio Creek

Comments:
"Beautiful blooms of Blue Flag Iris in spring”
“On the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail”

 

 

 


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Franklin County Visitors Center, Eastpoint 
30 min.
Paved parking and walkway to entrance 

Comments:
“Nice, new building”
“Right off the highway”

 


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The Visitors' Center can fill you in on Franklin County Florida information including history, list of museums, restaurants, places to stay and upcoming events.


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Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe (St. George Island) is located on the beach, where diners can enjoy the lovely view, sunshine, warm breezes, cool cocktails and fresh seafood. Blue Parrot offers an array of fine cocktails, oysters and steaks.


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Proudly serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests for 23 years. Caroline’s is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood anytime of the day.


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In the heart of downtown Apalachicola, the Owl Cafe offers a River City dining experience like no other. Sensational appetizers, delicious entrees and incredible desserts are prepared and served by an attentive staff. The menu is varied and colorful, with daily chef’s selections ranging from exotic imported dishes to fresh, locally-caught seafood. The amazing wine list is as full of character as Apalachicola itself, and delivers the perfect complement to every meal. Elevator available to the second floor.


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This straightforward beachfront hotel is a 3-minute walk from the St. George Island Lighthouse.