Top 10 Things to Do in Franklin County Florida
No matter when you visit Franklin County there's always something biting. The big question is: “Where?” Naturally the best way to have fishing success is to hire a local guide who will know not only "Where?" but also "When?" and "On What?" Here’s a monthly review of what you may catch when fishing in Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carrabelle, Dog Island, Eastpoint and Alligator Point.
There are more than 250 miles of beaches stretching from Alligator Point to Apalachicola.Gulf beaches with miles of gently rolling surf, bay beaches with nature and privacy, beaches that are perfect for families, beaches that are great for fishing, beaches you can drive to and beaches you'll need a boat to enjoy. Every one of our beaches is beautiful but each one is different. Here’s our top 10 beaches of Franklin County, Florida.
Eat an Oyster
Local fare is served in more than 30 area restaurants, featuring wholesome and nutritious seafood from the pristine Apalachicola Bay, Alligator Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, including oysters, clams, shrimp and blue crabs. Here’s a list of Franklin County, Florida restaurants.
Climb a Lighthouse
Franklin County lighthouses are beacons to mariners and history buffs. Franklin County boasts two restored lighthouses. The first is located on St. George Island. The second is located at Carrabelle Beach. Each tells a tale of coastal living in Franklin County more than 100 years ago and each is worth visiting. Here’s more on the lighthouses.
Welcome to an eco-adventure in Franklin County! Eighty-one percent of Franklin County is publically owned, giving us a huge back yard to share with you. And that’s not even counting our front yard, St. George Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System was designated as a national paddle trail in 2008. Paddlers at all levels of ability enjoy scenic waterways on 11 canoeing and kayaking trails - nearly 100 miles through the swamps of the Apalachicola River. Distances range from short, easy trips to multi-day river trips flowing into open bays of the Gulf of Mexico. Tate’s Hell State Forest, covering over 200,000 acres of public land, is bordered on the west by the Apalachicola River and on the east by the Ochlockonee River. The forest offers numerous creeks and rivers for paddling opportunities. Beginning in the Mud Swamp Wilderness Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, the New River runs through the middle of Franklin County. It then merges with the Crooked River to form the Carrabelle River, which flows into St. George Sound. Learn more about Paddling and Outdoor Adventures.
You can take a self-guided tour of Apalachicola’s historic district, Apalachicola’s museums or Carrabelle’s museums. Click here to see more.
Visit a Museum
Franklin County’s rich history and maritime culture are interwoven with the area’s bountiful resources. Click here for a list of all of our museums.
Franklin County offers outstanding birding opportunities year round. In the spring this is first land for the trans-gulf migrants and the different species of shore birds, warblers and song birds are found in a dizzying array on our beaches and barrier islands. During the summer Franklin County is home to many nesting species as our diversity of habitat provides for species ranging from rails in the salt marsh to osprey and eagles in the highest trees. The fall brings the migration from the north as the cool weather pushes masses of birds to the south followed by a world-renown gathering of raptors preying on them. Franklin County is the winter home of many species including ducks, loons and other water birds that find our relatively warm waters to their liking. Plus the cooler weather has produce exotic guests as the Buff-bellied Hummingbird and Tropical Kingbird. Whenever you're in Franklin County it's a good time to break out your binoculars and spotting scopes and enjoy the wonderful outdoor world of birds. Here are my top ten spots to enjoy. Top 10 Birding Spots in Franklin County.
Go to a Festival
The communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Alligator Point are home to art exhibits, music concerts, theater performances, fishing tournaments, festivals and parades year round that highlight our natural resources, culture and history. See all events here.
Go on a hunt! Geocaching opportunities abound in Franklin County. There are nearly 200 geocache sites in our forests and towns and dotting the coast between Alligator Point and Apalachicola. More on geocaching in Franklin County.