Big Bend Scenic Highway
Byway Length: 220 Miles
Designated: November 14, 2006
FDOT District: 3
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.
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BBSB Coastal Trail Tour Info: floridabigbendscenicbyway.com/…bbsb_map_coastal.pdf
BBSB Forest Trail Tour Info: floridabigbendscenicbyway.com/…bbsb_map_forest.pdf
Travel on I-10 to exit #85 (US 331 S). Travel south on US 331 to US 98. Travel west on US 98 toward Destin to W 30A intersection.
Approximately 220 miles in length, the Big Bend Scenic Byway can be accessed from Apalachicola in the west, Tallahassee Regional Airport in the north, or Newport in the east.
It includes SR 65 from the Franklin/Liberty County Line to US 98/SR 30 at the coast. At this point, it spurs to the west on US 98 to include Apalachicola. Returning east on US 98, another spur includes St. George Island via South Bayshore Dr. to SR 300 and CR 300 to St. George Island State Park, returning to US 98 via SR 30. From here the corridor travels eastward along the coast to Carrabelle, then follows the harbor on Marine St., returning to US 98 via CR 30A. The Byway continues east on US 98 through St. Teresa, Panacea, Medart, and Newport.
This segment features two spurs, south on SR 363 to St. Marks and south on CR 59 to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse. From Newport, the corridor forms a loop: northwest on SR 267/CR 2203, north on SR 263, west on SR 20, south on CR 375 to Sopchoppy, then south on CR 299 to US 319 until it connects once more with US 98 at the coast.
These are specific resources for this byway. See Associated Florida Resources for connections to organizations affecting all byways in Florida.
Walton County Tourist Development Council:
Walton County Chamber of Commerce
Wakulla County Tourist Development Council:
Franklin County Tourist Development Council:
Leon County Tourist Development Council:
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce:
Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce:
Apalachicola National Forest:
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: