Econfina River State Park occupies 4,528 acres along the northern side of the
Econfina River in the "Big Bend" area of northern Florida. The Park is at the
dead end of highway 14, which runs south from US 98 in Taylor County, Florida.
the Econfina River flows 44 miles through Taylor County on its way to the Gulf
of Mexico at Apalachee Bay.
The Econfina River is part of the Florida Gulf Paddling Trail and the Big Bend
Saltwater Paddling Trail, and is navigable
by kayak or canoe upstream at least 8 miles north of the US 98 bridge. Limestone outcroppings
and shallows several miles from the mouth of the river make paddling in that
area easier at a
high tide. The Econfina River State Park boat launch is located about two miles
upstream from the river's mouth at Apalachee Bay. Paddling upstream from the
Park is a scenic trip into the Florida wilderness.
The Park offers about 15 miles of multi-use trails suitable for hiking, off-road
biking, or horseback riding. The trails offer several loop routes, as well as
longer out and back hikes. They wind through forested areas, and along the salt
marshes close to the Gulf coast. Horses are welcome on the trails, but there are
no facilities specific to equestrian use.
There is one camping platform with fire ring along the river for use by paddlers
of the Florida Gulf Paddling Trail. The Park also has two cabins available -
which are actually rustic motel rooms. Picnic tables and a shelter are located
near the boat ramp area.