Forgotten Coast

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The Forgotten Coast is a coastal stretch of the Florida Panhandle so named for being left out of Florida tourism promotions for several years in a row. This region is comprised of Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, and Wakulla counties.


  • Apalachicola -- County seat of Franklin County, the historic Heart of the Forgotten coast featuring 200 historic buildings and amazing oysters.
  • Carrabelle -- Home of the "World's Smallest Police Station" - it's in a phone booth.
  • Crawfordville -- County seat of Wakulla County
  • Eastpoint -- the commercial center of the Forgotten Coast, with a number of shops and restaurants. Home to the new Franklin County School (K-12)
  • Panacea
  • Port St. Joe -- County seat of Gulf County, good fishing, shopping.
  • Saint George
  • Saint Marks -- History and the HuManatee Festival
  • Wakulla Springs -- One of the world's deepest and largest freshwater springs.
  • Wewahitchka -- Two lovely lakes just a short drive from the coast.
  • Sopchoppy -- A tiny but thriving town a few miles from the coast.

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  • Apalachicola National Forest
  • Bald Point State Park is a Florida State Park located south of Ochlockonee Bay, approximately seven miles southeast of Panacea, in Alligator Point, off U.S. 98, in northwestern Florida. The park has such amenities as beaches, bicycling, birding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, swimming and wildlife viewing.
  • St. George Island -- a small island connected by bridge to the mainland, St. George is a tiny town surrounded by a sprinkling of vacation homes and a state park in the dunes.
  • Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge
  • St Vincent Island -- a long thin sandbar peninsula with one of the top 10 state parks in the US
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge



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  • 11th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Showdowntown (Apalachicola, FL),  +1 850 653-9419. The 11th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show will take place Saturday, April 25, 2009. The show consists of 50-60 boats.
  • Fort Gadsden Historic Site - National Historic Landmark located in the Apalachicola National Forest, free
  • Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Port St. Joe
  • John Gorrie Museum and the Orman House, in Apalachicola
  • St. George Island State Park in Franklin County.
  • St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, in Wakulla County.
  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park near Apalachicola
  • Wakulla Springs south of Tallahassee.
  • There are four Florida Lighthouses in the Forgotten Coast. Only the St. Mark's Light is not climbable.


Driving along US 98 between Mexico Beach and Panacea is like travelling the Pacific Coast Highway, but at sea level. Three of the four historic lighthouses in the area are along this stretch. Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, St. George Island and Carrabelle are a few of the highlights. Speed limit is 45 mph, so relax and enjoy casually driving through forests, interspersed with views of the Gulf of Mexico.


  • Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festivaldowntown (Apalachicola),  +1 850-653-9419. 12PM - 6PM. Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival April 4, 2009

Art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling and demonstrating their talents



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