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Scenic Drive: Springhill Road

Driving Directions: Retrace the route. Return to Crawfordville Highway (US 319), turn right and right again onto New Light Church Road, back to Springhill Road (3.8 miles). Turn right (north) onto Springhill Road (CR 373) and continue through the Apalachicola National Forest to Capital Circle SW (SR 263). Turn left to complete the loop drive at the Tallahassee Regional Airport (10.8 miles).

Distance and driving time between this and previous stop: 14.6 miles / 17 minutes.

Springhill Road

Description: The roadway reenters the Apalachicola National Forest at the site of the historic mill town of Helen. Though there is nothing left of the town itself, a raised roadbed on the west side of the Byway is the last remnant of the Georgia, Florida, and Alabama (fondly called the Gopher, Frog, and Alligator or GF&A) Railroad of 1893. One mile has been converted into a bike trail. The road winds up and down through the forest in a canopy-like setting. There are two major recreation sites along Springhill Road: Trout Pond and Lost Lake. Both have picnic facilities, restrooms, parking, and areas for swimming. Trout Pond is also wheelchair-accessible.

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