Located in Florida’s panhandle, Jackson County is a rural county like you’ve never experienced. Downtown Marianna features a historic district bursting with century old homes that have been carefully preserved. The surrounding cities and towns are of true Southern flair with mom and pop stores specializing in antiques, bait and tackle, fresh produce from local farms, boutiques brimming with handmade gifts, and some of the best homestyle cooking in the South.
The Historic 90 Corridor is the prime destination for scenic drives any time of the year. Miles of rolling farmlands transform into quaint towns complete with antebellum homes and canopy roadways where wildflowers bloom year round. Roadside farmers markets, produce stands, and u-pick farms dot the main highways and many of the side roads.
Visitors and locals indulge in the endless fishing opportunities in the creeks, rivers, lakes, and ponds that help make up the region. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from Lilypad Adventures, Bear Paw, and Chipola River Adventures to access the paddling trails on Chipola River and Merritt’s Mill Pond. These two bodies of water offer excellent swimming, snorkeling, and diving in crystal clear springs.
Scenic trails can be found throughout the county at places like Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail, Hinson Conservation and Recreational Area, Apalachee WMA, and Butler Tract. Florida Caverns State Park features the only guided dry-cave tours in Florida and is home to numerous hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. A short drive east will lead you to Three Rivers State Park providing visitors with breathtaking views of Lake Seminole from multiple trails and the campgrounds. Come stay a while and see for yourself what you’ve been missing in Florida’s panhandle. For more information, check out www.visitjacksoncountyfla.com.