Big Bend Scenic Byway

Explore undiscovered North Florida along Florida’s Big Bend Scenic Byway where theme parks and bright lights give way to horizons of towering pines and blue-green Gulf waters. The “Bend” is where Florida’s Gulf Coast curves westward, sheltering vast seagrass beds, marshes, winding rivers, sugar-sand beaches, deep forests, and crystal springs.

The unparalleled natural bounty and beauty of the Bend have attracted visitors since 15,000 BC. While traveling on the byway, visitors can explore the natural resources which have supported and sustained the lives of generations past and present.

Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city, welcomes travelers to this 220-mile natural wonderland where wildlife outnumbers people. Over 300 species of birds, 2,500 plant species, and more carnivorous plants (30) than any similarly sized area in the world call the Bend home. The Forest and Coastal Trails, offering two distinct experiences, culminate in a two-day drive unlike any other.

Florida Scenic Highways are often referred to as “byways.” One of the main requirements of scenic byway designation is that it show one or more of six key intrinsic qualities: Historic, Archaeological, Scenic, Cultural, Natural, and Recreational. Learn more about the Florida Scenic Highway program at



Bicycling, Birding, Canoeing, Equestrian Riding, Hiking, Hunting, Paddleboarding, Scuba/Diving, Snorkeling, Water Recreation


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