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Outdoor Adventures in Franklin County FloridaHiking, Paddling and Camping opportunities are everywhere!

Welcome to an ecoadventure in Franklin County. Eighty-one percent of Franklin County is publically owned, giving us a huge back yard to share with you. And that’s not even counting our front yard, St. George Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. If your adventure involves camping, hiking and paddling, you have come to the right place. Don’t forget your camera and if you adventure in the summer you’ll need bug spray. 

Apalachicola River Paddling TrailPaddling

The Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System was designated as a national paddle trail in 2008. Paddlers at all levels of ability enjoy scenic waterways on 11 canoeing and kayaking trails - nearly 100 miles through the swamps of the Apalachicola River. Distances range from short, easy trips to multi-day river trips flowing into open bays of the Gulf of Mexico. Tate’s Hell State Forest, covering over 200,000 acres of public land, is bordered on the west by the Apalachicola River and on the east by the Ochlockonee River. The forest offers numerous creeks and rivers for paddling opportunities. Beginning in the Mud Swamp Wilderness Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, the New River runs through the middle of Franklin County. It then merges with the Crooked River to form the Carrabelle River, which flows into St. George Sound.


More than a dozen primitive campsites, several with soft launches, offer a wilderness experience paddle on the New River. The Crooked River, a much larger river with more dependable flow, has four campsites with launches. Like the Apalachicola River, the headwaters of the Ochlockonee River begins in Georgia, and many miles later empty into the Gulf of Mexico. There are two campsites with launches in Tate’s Hell State Forest on the Ochlockonee River. Be prepared to see alligators and lots of birds, maybe even a Florida black bear on any of these rivers. For more information, you may visit

RV Camping

Franklin County features several campgrounds that accommodate large RV campers. The facilities in Carrabelle handle RVs and feature full amenities. Utility hookups are available at the Eastpoint campground. Florida State park campgrounds generally make room for both traditional tent camping and RVs. For more information, visit our campgrounds page.

Franklin County Florida HikingHiking

If you prefer to enjoy your adventure on land, you may want to consider a hike on the Coastal High Bluff Trail on Highway 98, west of Carrabelle, in Tate’s Hell State Forest. There is an East Trailhead and a West Trailhead so you can leave a vehicle at one end if you want to hike all six miles. It is an easy hike through coastal scrub habitat along an ancient dune system that climbs to an elevation offering views of St. George Sound. In April there are masses of Lady Lupine less than one mile in from the West Trailhead. Another colorful flower is the bright orange/yellow of the Bog Bachelor Buttons. After rains you can find Sundew, tiny carnivorous plants in the wet areas of the trail. In October, the Large Leaf Jointweed is flowering along the trial in the white coastal sands. Tall terrestrial plume orchids can be found along the dirt roads of Tate’s Hell during the summer. The hydrology of Tate’s Hell State Forest is being restored by constructing water crossings in some of the roads that allow surface water to flow toward Apalachicola Bay. The resulting wet areas, called savannas, are where you will find the carnivorous pitcher plants. As for birding, Wild Turkey, Red Shouldered Hawk, American Bald Eagle, Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites are a few of the birds you might see. Raccoons are often seen during the day and white-tailed deer are abundant. You may even glimpse a bobcat or a black bear. The trails and natural areas are rough and uneven. Insects, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Wear boots and use caution. Take water, sunscreen, and bug spray and don’t hike alone. Franklin County is happy to share our bountiful natural resources. These public areas have been set aside for your use and enjoyment. We ask that you “take only pictures and leave only footprints.”

Eco Tours
Name Phone
Affordable Fishing & Oystering 850-524-5985
Alle Cat Charters 850-370-6602
Allegro Sailing 850-766-3227
Apalach Inshore 850-323-0124
Apalachicola Airboat Adventures 850-653-5746
Apalachicola Bay Serenity Charters 850-323-0091
Apalachicola Maritime Museum 850-653-2500
Aquadog Charters 850-653-7967
Backwater Guide Service 850-899-0063
Basecamp Apalach 850-508-7426
Bay City Guides 850-653-9294
Bay View Charters of SGI 850-927-2433
Big ‘Un Charters 850-653-7704
Bone Head Charters 850-508-2179
Book Me A Charter 850-653-2622
Bout Time Charters 850-370-0403
Capt. Coy Shiver 850-670-8497
Captain Adam Hudson 850-566-5599
Captain Anthony Stone 850-528-8868
Captain Brownie's Guide Service 850-653-5529
Captain Charles Charters 850-653-6482
Captain Darrell Ward 850-653-8159
Captain Don Davis, Oyster Charters 850-566-4177
Captain Gill’s River Cruises 850-370-0075
Captain Grayson Shepard 850-653-6718
Captain J.B. Layne Charters 850-323-0566
Captain Jack’s Guide Service 850-247-8134
Captain Jessica Avant 850-228-6234
Captain John Sapp 850-323-0947
Captain Ken Finch 850-323-0301
Captain Nathan Donahoe 850-323-0659
Captain Rex Phipps Fishing Guide Service 850-653-5825
Captain Ron Harper 850-899-5464
Captain Tommy Holland Guide Service 850-653-5321
Caught Up Charters 850-653-5208
Charlie’s Charter 850-899-3651
Eagle Ray Charters 850-499-8650
Eco Explorer Cruises 850-653-1666
Florida Green Guide Association (850) 508-7426
Forgotten Coast Charters 850-528-1701
Fred’s Apalachicola Fishing Experience 850-653-5057
Gad's Guide Service 850-899-1866
Gulf Coast Extreme Adventures 850-227-6551
Island Ease Charters 850-570-5184
Island Outfitters 850-927-2604
Island View Adventures Guide Service 850-323-0528
Jolly Roger Beach Shop 850-927-2999
Josh’s Rentals & Tours 850-728-4664
Journey’s of St. George Island 850-927-3259
My Fishing Adventure 850-509-1376
Natural World Charters 850-228-9060
Peregrine Charters 850-653-2204
Pirate Tours 850-228-6234
Reel Memories 850-899-1281
Renegade Fishing Charters 850-251-0784
River to Gulf Adventures 850-323-0222
Robinson Brothers Guide Service 850-653-8896
Salt Line Tours 850-323-1162
Salty Charters 850-653-6332
Salty Native 850-570-6424
Scarabin Guide Service 850-653-6634
Sea Breeze Fishing 305-731-4987
SGI Charters 850-370-6400
Sideline Charters 850-251-9705
St. James Bay Golf Resort Adventures 850-697-9507
Tidelife Charters 850-780-3231
Tideline Charters 850-653-5735
Williams Fishing Adventures 850-559-1567
Wind Catcher Sailing Charters 850-653-8881
Z-Horse Charters 850-228-6091
Kayak & Boat Rentals
Name Area Phone  
Apalachicola Boat Rentals by Wefing’s Marine Apalachicola
St. George Island
Apalachicola Maritime Museum Apalachicola 850-653-2500
Forgotten Coast Marine Carrabelle & Dog Island 850-615-7561  
Island Outfitters St. George Island 850-927-2604
Jolly Roger Beach Shop St. George Island 850-927-2999
Journey’s of St. George Island St. George Island 850-927-3259
St. George Island Beach Service St. George Island 850-670-4536  

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