There is so much to see and do!
Nearby Attractions & Activities
Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail
One of the longest and wildest publicly-owned coastal wetlands in the United States, you will find an array of bird and marine life. Flocks of white pelicans often zoom past in winter and great egrets dot marsh expanses, white as snowflakes. Bald eagles and ospreys entertain with their aerial maneuvers, and in the often clear waters, one can spot crabs, fishes, sea turtles, manatees, cannonball jellyfish and small sharks and rays.
About a 15-minute drive up the coast is some of the most gorgeous scenery you will find and home to some beautiful bird and wildlife watching. Called one of the “premier shorebird locations on Florida’s Gulf Coast” the Cove attracts sandpipers, whimbrel, reddish egrets, plovers, egrets, blue herons, and swallow-tailed kites. The Cove offers picnic pavilions, a lookout and some incredible march grasses shoreline! The recreation area provides panoramic views of the pine island’s, unique natural beaches, and shallow bays of the Gulf of Mexico. An observation tower offers great view of the surround areas and a boat ramp for small craft is on site. Taking in the Cove at sunset is an absolute must, especially during the winter months.
Recreation opportunities for the avid hunter, paddler and birder abound. The Big Bend Wildlife Management Area provides numerous areas for hunting opportunities and seasons for archery, muzzleloader and modern gun hunting.
Boating & Ramps
Local area boat ramps include the new Steinhatchee launch with three ramps, located on Hwy 51 (Riverside) just east of Roy’s Restaurant. The daily fee is $5.00. (An annual pass may be purchased online from the Taylor County Tax Collector for much less than the daily cost.)
The Jena launch has a double ramp. No launch fees. Located at the end of Hwy 358 approximately 1 mile from Steinhatchee Bridge, Jena side of River.
Rocky Creek launch, no fee. Located out Hwy 361 to 459 St. Right turn, to the end of the road. Caution, this creek may be hazardous, especially at low tide. This is a small craft launch. New ramp with floating dock.
First Avenue launch. No fee. Located at the end of First Avenue, east off Hwy 51 just north of the Post Office. This is a small craft launch.