What to do in Ochlockonee River State Park

Ochlockonee River State Park is one of Florida's hidden delights. The park is only five miles north of the Gulf of Mexico in the North Central Travel Region. Like many state parks in the panhandle, visitor numbers are far less then the southern coastal parks. Tucked above the confluence of the Ochlockonee and Dead Rivers, the park is strategically important for canoeists and anglers. It serves as the launch site for the Apalachee Archaeological Boat Trail, an interpreted water trail between the park and Mash Island Park in Wakulla County. Also, it is the terminus for the Lower Ochlockonee Canoe Trail, which begins in the Apalachicola National Forest. Another great feature of the park is that it shares a border with one of Florida's finest wildlife viewing areas, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

Ochlockonee River State Park encompasses 392 acres of pine flatwoods and river frontage along the Ochlockonee and Dead Rivers. The quiet park is open and sunny with the dominant habitat of longleaf pine. Once a timber and turpentine site in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the land diminished as well as the resident wildlife. As the woodland slowly re-establishes, wildlife also re-establishes. The longleaf pine habitat has several threatened or endangered species depending on its success. Gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes, and the red-cockaded woodpeckers are once again beginning to thrive. While at the park, be sure to walk the Pine Flatwoods Trail that offers resting benches enabling visitors to view the colonized woodpeckers.

Anglers find a healthy mixture of both freshwater and saltwater species due to the estuarine waters of the Ochlockonee. Campers enjoy 30 full-service sites amid a semi-shaded campground, while swimmers find a small area near the fishing dock at the confluence of the rivers. Rental canoes and a fish-cleaning table are shared with the launch site near the park's entrance.

Recreation
Visitors to Ochlockonee River State Park enjoy biking, camping, canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and swimming.

Location
Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles south of Sopchoppy on U.S. Highway 319 and seven miles north of U.S. Highway 98.

Climate
Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Address
P.O. Box 5
Sopchoppy, FL 32358

Phone: 850-962-2771

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