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Two-Day Loop Drive

Whether you visit the Forest Trail rich with pine forests, hardwood hammocks, streams, and rivers, or the Coastal Trail of salt marshes, bays, sand dunes, beaches, and springs, this is the natural place to be. Byway towns offer great restaurants, shopping, hotels, guide services, and information. You can be as active as you wish, taking advantage of excellent facilities for hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, birding, and swimming in numerous locations.

For the best of both worlds, take the two-day Loop Drive, starting and ending in Tallahassee at the Regional Airport. The route can be accessed from several points and divided into multiple day trips. For those with more time to explore, follow the links on “Other Nearby Destinations” to experience even more unforgettable moments.

Day 1: Fire Forests and Mighty Rivers

Start Itinerary: City of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Regional Airport

Stop #1: Tallahassee Museum

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

Stop #3: Luther Hall Landing County Park

Scenic Drive: Apalachicola National Forest

Stop #4: Three Rivers Bridge & Porter Lake, Apalachicola National Forest

Stop #5: City of Sopchoppy

Stop #6: Ochlockonee River State Park

Scenic Drive: Tate's Hell State Forest

Stop #7: Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Dome

Stop #8: Sand Beach Recreation Area, Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area

Scenic Drive: Blackwater Creeks

Stop #9: Apalachicola

Day 2: Gulf Waters to Magical Springs

Scenic Drive: Apalachicola Bay to St. George Island

Stop #10: St. George Island State Park

Scenic Drive: St. George Sound

Stop #11: Carrabelle Beach

Scenic Drive: St. James Island and Carrabelle

Stop #12: Leonard’s Landing and the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve

Stop #13: Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Scenic Drive: Panacea and Upland Forests

Stop #14: City of St. Marks

Stop #15: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Stop #16: Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park & Lodge

Stop #17: Leon Sinks Geologic Area, Apalachicola National Forest

Scenic Drive: Springhill Road

Final Stop: Tallahassee Regional Airport