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Stop #2: Silver Lake Recreation Area, Apalachicola National Forest

Driving Directions: Return to the Byway and continue on Capital Circle SW (SR 263) for 1.1 mile until you reach the intersection with Blountstown Highway (SR 20). Turn left and continue west on Blountstown Highway for 3.7 miles to the intersection with Silver Lake Road (SR 260). Turn left (south) at the Apalachicola National Forest sign for the Silver Lake Recreation Area. It is located 3.3 miles from the SR 20 turnoff.

Silver Lake Recreation Area

Distance and driving time between this and previous stop: 8.1 miles / 10 minutes.

Minimum time: 35 minutes.

Description: Longleaf Pines and moss-draped Cypress trees surround this spring-fed lake. White sand is derived from its “sandhill” geological past when this part of Florida was under water. The site is fairly level and easily accessible by wheelchair. An easy one-mile interpretive trail winds around the lake. Notice the Civilian Conservation Corps sign by one of the picnic pavilions. It is the only remaining CCC structure on the Byway.

Other Nearby Destinations: Mission San Luis de Apalache.

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