Scenic Beauty: Scenic Drives

S19Apalachicola National Forest, Savannah’s Scenic Byway

This 31-mile paved highway passes through the savannahs, sub-tropical grasslands scattered with Longleaf Pine trees and covered with drought-resistant undergrowth. They form an open landscape where Wiregrass covers the forest floor. Much of the soil is sandy and often wet. Abundant seasonal wildflowers such as Pitcher Plants, Milkworts, Bachelor Buttons, Grass Pinks, Coreopsis, Blazing Stars, and Black-Eyed Susans make the savannahs some of the most botanically rich areas in the country.

 

 

S20Florida’s Big Bend National Scenic Byway

This Florida and nationally designated 220-mile scenic drive travels through coastal and forest portions of Leon, Wakulla, and Franklin Counties. In Franklin County it connects nature- and cultural-based resources along Coastal Highway US 98 and Forest Route 65.

 

 

 

S22Florida Native Wildflower Drive SR 65

This 25-mile scenic route through the Apalachicola National Forest connects the towns of Hosford, Telogia, and Sumatra. Sitting in the midst of a national “hotspot” for biological diversity, the route has been recognized by the Florida Wildflower Foundation and acknowledged by enthusiasts as “the best place in Florida to view native wildflowers.” The drive is featured in the Florida Wildflower Publication, Native Wildflowers in Florida’s Eastern Panhandle. Common spring bloomers include the Rose Pitcher Plant, Parrot Pitcher Plant, Candyroot, Spring Helenium, Colic Root, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Dewthread Sundew, and Daisy Fleabane. Common fall bloomers are the False Foxglove, Rayless Goldenrod, Hairy Chaffhead, Bristleleaf Chaffhead, Flattop Goldenrod, Narrowleaf Sunflower, Blazing Star, and White Rosegentian. In addition to their roadside beauty and economic impact from tourism, these natives provide invaluable services to pollinators, especially migratory butterflies and honeybees.

 

Florida Scenic Highway 30-A

Scenic 30-A comprises 18.5-miles, plus 9.4 miles of connector roads—83 and 283—from the Gulf of Mexico to US 98, and 395 from the Gulf of Mexico to the Choctawhatchee Bay. This route connects four state parks, 27 miles of greenway trails, 11 rare coastal dune lakes, and 11 beach communities. All of 30-A’s famous beaches are certified as Blue Wave Beaches, akin to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval when it comes to cleanliness and safety.