Near Apalachicola or Carrabelle? Don't miss a side trip along the High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail, right along U.S. Highway 98 in Tate's Hell State Forest. The path leads you though a coastal scrub habitat, with sand pine and scrub oaks overhead and palmetto, wiregrass and gallberry along the trail's edges.
By The Numbers
The High Bluff Coastal Trail is a 4-mile linear footpath with a few spur trails. Two trailheads are available on U.S. Highway 98 and the signs are easy to spot along the road.
What to Bring
For the most part, this is a sunny and hot hike. Bring enough water to cover four miles (or eight, if you are doing the whole trail and don't have a shuttle at the ending trailhead) and wear clothing that's appropriate for the weather. Wide brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts are recommended.
This trail is part of Florida's State Forest Trailwalker Program. Visit http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Tate-s-Hell-State-Forest for more info.