Open the door to a world of memories, Florida's Big Bend Scenic Byway is waiting for you! Whether you visit the Forest Trail rich with pine forests, hardwood hammocks, grasslands, streams and rivers or the Coastal Trail of salt marshes, bays, sand dunes and beaches, it's the natural place to be. Over 200 miles of wonderland inhabited by birds, butterflies, animals and wildflowers are yours to explore. Trace the footsteps of Apalachee and Creek Indians, Spanish Conquistadors, British and American Troops, Settlers, Cotton or Timber Barons and Hollywood producers through historic markesr, interpretive displays, parks, museums, forts, depots, lighthouses and historic buildings. Discover their rich maritime heritage at historic ports where brick warehouses once stood sentinel over bustling waterfronts. In yesteryear the warehouses were filled with goods bound for New England and Europe. Today these picturesque structures house galleries and antique shops welcoming visitors from around the globe. Savor Florida's freshest seafood while watching shrimp, crab and oyster boats work the coastal waters. Enjoy an evening jam session, play or "grand ole opry" revue in an historic theater, school or once private home. Experience the diversity of scenery, small towns and rural countryside that is "Old Florida." Go hiking, kayaking, biking or birding in two National Wildlife Refuges, a National Forest, two State Forests, a State Wildlife and Environmental Area or six State Parks. Charter a fishing boat or dive for scallops. The Big Bend is slower-paced, relaxed and full of surprising values. Smiles and friendly people are the norm. You won't be disappointed, rain or shine. Come make memories!