In Franklin County? Explore Tate's Hell State Forest


I've had the good fortune during my travels on Florida Live to visit some really cool places - and one of those is Tate's Hell State Forest. Here, I took a side trip for a few hours and went out at a unique feature - a large stand of dwarf cypress trees, some of which are thought to be over 300 years old!

These ancient trees reach an approximate height of 15 feet, and it's not known for certain as to why these particular trees are dwarfed, but one thing is for certain - it's really interesting to see in person! You'll drive for several miles before reaching the Ralph G. Kendrick Boardwalk, where you can walk up and get a panoramic view of this stand of trees. 

I'm a big fan of Franklin County - the communities of Eastpoint, Carrabelle, Apalachicola, and St. George Island are some of my faves. In fact, my wife Amanda and I came close to moving up this way several years ago. Get out there, eat some oysters, and check out Tate's Hell State Forest!

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