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
Taylor County is the place for you if you love fishing, the great outdoors and a slow pace. Although Taylor has more people than Franklin, Jefferson, Dixie or Gulf counties, it has fewer people per square mile than any other county in Florida. Only seven paved roads intersect its 46-mile coastline, one of the longest in the state.
Four small sandy "beaches" range from 100 to 450 feet. Keaton Beach and Hagen's Cove have the longest stretches of beach with parking, picnic tables and restrooms. Dekle Beach and Dark Island each have less than 100 feet of sand beach with small parking areas.
The county's most acclaimed activities are birding, fishing, water sports and scalloping along the length of its coast. The primary coastal fishing communities in Taylor County are Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee.
Often called the "Tree Capital of the South," Taylor County's primary industry is forestry. Forest Capital Museum State Park honors the timber industry each year with the Florida Forest Festival.
The coast, mostly wilderness, salt marsh wetlands, bay swamp, palm and slash pine forests with some live oaks and laurel oaks, borders Apalachee Bay, mostly in conservation within the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The Aucilla River divides Taylor and Jefferson counties, while the Ecofina flows through the county and Econfina River State Park, which looks over Big Bend Seagrasses State Aquatic Preserve. The park has nine miles of wooded trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding and river paddling trails for kayak, canoe or boat. The trails lead to the Gulf Coast with a view of lush islands and sand dunes on the horizon. The Steinhatchee River runs along part of Taylor's eastern boundary. All three rivers empty into the Gulf of Mexico, forming small deltas. Excellent fishing spots can be found along all three rivers.
February 10, 2020 - 1:04pm
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