St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (Wakulla, Jefferson)
Bays & Inlets
Apalachee Bay & Deadman's Bay
Rivers & Paddling Trails
Aucilla, Econfina, Fenholloway & Steinhatchee rivers, Big Bend Saltwater, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trails, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
Welcome to Taylor County Florida, the Tree Capital of the South. Located in the” Big Bend” section of the Sunshine State, it offers a diverse range of outdoor activities, cultural events and natural beauty. Taylor County has something for everyone, whether you want to explore the untouched environment, learn about local history or simply relax by the ocean.
Explore the raw beauty of Taylor County by visiting Econfina River State Park, where you can explore stunning trails, witness native species and go kayaking along a pristine river. Fishermen will find paradise in the Gulf waters, where they can cast their lines for catches such as redfish and sea trout. Don't pass up the opportunity to unwind on uncrowded Keaton Beach, which is ideal for sunbathing, beachcombing and enjoying stunning sunsets. Keaton Beach is equally known for its world-class fishing especially for grouper, redfish and flounder making it a haven for anglers. Keaton Beach is an intended destination for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers.
Indulge in Taylor County’s valuable history by visiting Forest Capital Museum State Park, a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that depict the county’s past. Discover the legacy of the region's early settlers and learn about their role in Florida’s history. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Taylor County, where well-preserved architecture and charming shops offer a glimpse into the past. The Florida Forest Festivals serves as an educational tool to help the county reduce forest fires. Families and guests may enjoy the joys of cuisine, festival rides and the largest lumberjack festival.
While on the water, try to visit the Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve, which provides a one-of-a-kind experience. The preserve remains Florida’s biggest aquatic preserve and offers a variety of recreational activities, including swimming, animal viewing, boating, canoeing, kayaking scalloping and fishing. There are several state parks, national wildlife refuges, and two kayaking paths.
For water lovers, scallops are well known in Taylor County. Visitors from all over the globe flock to Taylor County with their snorkeling gear every year in the hopes of finding scallops along this beautiful shore. The season goes from June to September, so if you're do not want to get on a boat and try out your sea legs, you can instead travel to Hagen's Cove. There, instead of taking the boat out, you may wade in the water in search of scallops. So come on down to the county for some legendary scalloping, and don't forget your water shoes.
Travelers seeking adventure, culture, and leisure will find Taylor County, Florida, to be enticing due to its wide variety of attractions. This county promises an amazing trip with its untouched natural beauty, rich history and welcoming community spirit, leaving you charmed and craving more. Make plans to visit Taylor County now and discover the hidden treasures that await you.
October 5, 2023 - 9:34am
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