Sopchoppy River

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Located on the southern edge of Apalachicola National Forest the Sopchoppy River trail stretch for an impressive 27.6 miles. The portion of the Sopchoppy River within Florida National Scenific Trail – and accessed via the Oak Park trailhead – is widly considered one of the most scenic sections of the trail. Fed by the Apalachicola National Forest, the Sopchoppy River follows its namesake and curves deeply into the surrounding forest’s bedrock, creating a not-so-typical Florida hike. However, typical of Florida hikes you’ll witness beautiful cypress trees, wet swamplamps and towering pine flatwoods.

Ideal for intermediate to experienced level hikers looking for an exciting new adventure, the trail will challenge hikers as it dips in and out of old floodplain channels, providing steep inclines and a lot of drop offs into the rocky river basin. Whether you’re exploring on land or in the water, the Sopchoppy trails are a magnificent place to explore.


Featured Uses:Walking, nature trips, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming and camping. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Access: Ochlockonee River State Park, 429 State Park Rd., Sopchoppy, FL 32358.

The Oak Park trailhead is 6.3 miles north of Sopchoppy. From downtown Sopchoppy, follow Railroad Avenue north. Entering the rural community of Oak Park, it becomes Oak Park Road, which turns to dirt (and becomes FR 365) as it enters the Apalachicola National Forest. Once you’re on the dirt road, turn left at FR 343. After the road crosses the Sopchoppy River, there is an enormous trailhead parking area on the right side of the road.

Amenities: Restrooms, parking, campgrounds and water fountains.

 
ACTIVITIES
Birding
Fishing
Paddling
Walking
SURFACE
Un-paved
Water
LEVEL
Easy
Intermediate

Located on the southern edge of Apalachicola National Forest the Sopchoppy River trail stretch for an impressive 27.6 miles. The portion of the Sopchoppy River within Florida National Scenific Trail – and accessed via the Oak Park trailhead – is widly considered one of the most scenic sections of the trail. Fed by the Apalachicola National Forest, the Sopchoppy River follows its namesake and curves deeply into the surrounding forest’s bedrock, creating a not-so-typical Florida hike. However, typical of Florida hikes you’ll witness beautiful cypress trees, wet swamplamps and towering pine flatwoods.

Ideal for intermediate to experienced level hikers looking for an exciting new adventure, the trail will challenge hikers as it dips in and out of old floodplain channels, providing steep inclines and a lot of drop offs into the rocky river basin. Whether you’re exploring on land or in the water, the Sopchoppy trails are a magnificent place to explore.


Featured Uses:Walking, nature trips, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming and camping. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Access: Ochlockonee River State Park, 429 State Park Rd., Sopchoppy, FL 32358.

The Oak Park trailhead is 6.3 miles north of Sopchoppy. From downtown Sopchoppy, follow Railroad Avenue north. Entering the rural community of Oak Park, it becomes Oak Park Road, which turns to dirt (and becomes FR 365) as it enters the Apalachicola National Forest. Once you’re on the dirt road, turn left at FR 343. After the road crosses the Sopchoppy River, there is an enormous trailhead parking area on the right side of the road.

Amenities: Restrooms, parking, campgrounds and water fountains.

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