It’s one of my favorite walks in Northwest Florida because of how it gently introduces you to so many different habitats – including hardwood forest, bayhead, freshwater wetland, overwash plain, and the estuary – within such a short span of trail. A splash of blue flag iris, my favorite wildflower, appears along a trickling freshwater creek beneath the cypresses. Most of the trail is a boardwalk, except the hard-packed shell and rock path at the very beginning. And it’s less than a mile from the heart of downtown.
Length: 0.6 mile
Lat-Long: 29.732009, -84.995673
Fees / Permits: None
Bug factor: Moderate
Wheelchair-accessible with assistance: wheelchair-bound visitors will need assistance to traverse the short shell rock portion of the trail leading to the boardwalk.
Follow Market Street through Apalachicola to its north end. The entrance to the former Apalachicola NERR nature center is on the left past the marina, and the trail starts across from it.
Starting in front of the shuttered nature center – the new nature center is now a much larger facility in Eastpoint – head down the shell-packed pathway into the forest.