[Carrabelle] [Hitchcock Lake
Landing] [Apalachicola] [Crooked River Lighthouse]
Island] [Cape St.
Vincent Island] [Lanark Springs]
Carrabelle is located on the Carrabelle
River. The port has all the modern services you may need with hometown
hospitality. Banking, shops, the post office, a flower shop, hardware
stores and other services are all located within a short walking distance.
Carrabelle offers something for almost everyone. See the World's
smallest police station in the downtown area.
Visit Hitchcock Lake Landing
Spend a day at Carrabelle Beach.
Located just west of Carrabelle, the public beach offers beautiful sand,
picnic areas, and a relaxing atmosphere that is sure to relieve any
stress. This is my favorite place to spend a few relaxing hours.
Crooked River Lighthouse.
Located near Carrabelle Beach, the lighthouse was built in 1895 and has
recently been deeded to the City of Carrabelle. Look closely, it is barely
visible from US Highway 98. The
Association has an informative web site with several pictures. If
you are looking for a worthwhile project to get involved in, this is
Visit St. George Island's beautiful
beach! The 4 mile long causeway and bridge to the Island from Eastpoint will lower your blood pressure 10 points. The Island is one of
Florida's longest Islands, about 14 miles. However, the width is only 1.5
miles at it's widest point. A State Park occupies the eastern 8 miles of
the Island and offers great fishing as well as a nice coastal hiking area.
Hiking trails in the park are some of the best to be found anywhere!
Dog Island (Isles de Chien) is accessible only
by boat. There are about 100 vacation homes on the island. The 7.5 mile
island is surrounded by emerald waters and beautiful beaches. Nearly 900
acres are fresh and saltwater wetlands. Solitude and a 6 mile long sun
drenched beach are the reason folks come here. 3.5 miles from Carrabelle,
Over 200 species of permanent and migratory birds visit the island. No
bridge, no phones, no store... ferry reservations required. My favorite
fishing spot is the west end of the island. Look for Shipwrecks near Dog
Cape St. George is accessible only by boat. The
isle is 10 miles long and wonderfully preserved. There is a lighthouse
here that was once 400 yards inland, now it is beachside. Located several
miles south of Apalachicola. Primitive camping is allowed in some areas,
but please, if you pack it in, pack it out.
St. Vincent Island belongs to you and I. It is a
National Wildlife Refuge. But, you can't get there from here. It too, is
accessible only by boat. The botanist, sun worshippers, photographers and
hikers all find the nine mile long island to their liking. Average
annual rainfall is 57 inches. St. Vincent provides sanctuary for a number
of endangered and threatened species.
Apalachicola has a beautiful and historic river
front area. The Dixie Theater, 19 Avenue E, offers seasonal performances
of well known plays. The John Gorrie Museum has a replica of the ice
machine invented by this young and energetic Doctor. Apalachicola has many
historic homes and the Gibson Inn. The seafood festival is the first
weekend in November and is a must do event. I found the
Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to be one of those
special places one wants to return to often.
Try locating the Lanark Springs.
Lanark Springs was a beautiful natural mineral springs with clear water.
The spring water provided a recreational health spa and flowed to the Gulf
of Mexico. A disastrous attempt by developers to expand the spring in 1957
brought it's demise. Today only a trickle of water flows from the spring.
If you are in front of the Lanark Village Volunteer Fire Station, you are
close. Can this spring be restored?
Gulf Specimen Marine Lab on
highway 98 East of Lanark Village in Panacea.
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