Category Archives: Ecotourism & Outdoors

New trail could mean big things for Liberty, Gadsden & Jackson Counties

Alum Bluff near Bristol is believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden!

A proposed new hiking trail that will link Bristol in Liberty County with Chattahoochee in Gadsden County could bring a significant economic impact to areas both east and west of the Apalachicola River.

Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad attended a public hearing on the proposal and provides an in depth look at what it could mean:

The proposed route of the Chattahoochee to Bristol (C2B) Trail includes some of the most remarkable views in Florida along with such rare trees and plants as the Florida Torreya and the Florida Yew. The trail would link to existing trails at Torreya State Park and the Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.

A crowd of interested citizens attended a public hearing in Chattahoochee on May 22.

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council and Chattahoochee Main Street hosted a public hearing on the proposed trail on May 22nd. Among other key points, those present learned that the trail could be the start of a major system of trails that would link Liberty, Gadsden, Jackson and Bay Counties.

Suggestions were made for refining the proposed route of the trail to avoid flood-prone areas and to  provide better vistas.

A crowd of interested citizens attended a public hearing in Chattahoochee on May 22.

Several hunters asked what impact such a trail might have on hunting season in the area. They were told that any impact would be minimal because most hikers avoid trails during hunting season or make sure to wear orange so they can be seen.

Most of those attending agreed with Ben Chandler of Chattahoochee Main Street, who believes the proposed 20-mile trail will bring low impact tourism to the community.

He feels nature-oriented tourism will generate a good economic impact without damaging the pristine natural resources of the upper Apalachicola River or the peaceful charm of communities along the route.

The proposed trail would connect a series of existing systems such as Chattahoochee’s award-winning trails.

Rett Daniels, Director of Parks in Jackson County, agreed. He said the effort to route the Florida National Scenic Trail from the top of the Chattahoochee to Bristol Trail into Jackson County could provide a solid economic impact for rural communities.

Daniels said that the effort would require strong support from community members and would take several years to complete.

The final decision rests with the U.S. Forest Service, which supervises the Florida National Scenic Trail.

A map showing the proposed trail along with the suggested Jackson County extension of the Florida National Scenic Trail. 

Gopher Tortoise Day in Two Egg, Florida

gopherHappy Gopher Tortoise Day!

The Gopher Tortoise Council has officially adopted April 10th as Gopher Tortoise Day in Florida. It is a day set aside to raise public awareness about these incredible tortoises.

Two Egg TV celebrates with our new story on the history of gopher tortoises in Jackson and Washington Counties, Florida. Just click play to watch:

If you would like to learn even more about gopher tortoises, please consider this nicely produced story from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Just click play to watch:

Here are some links for additional information, including coloring sheets and activity books for kids:

Weeping Ridge Falls at Torreya State Park in Liberty County, Florida

WeepingRidge304x237Florida may not be known for waterfalls but some real jewels are tucked away in the northern part of the state.

Weeping Ridge Falls are often overlooked by visitors to stunning Torreya State Park, but the small waterfall was very pretty when we stopped by for a look today!

Enjoy this video visit to the falls then be sure to scroll down for photos and more information about the Weeping Ridge Trail and Falls:

Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Wildflower in bloom.
Wildflower in bloom.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.

If you enjoyed our visit to Weeping Ridge Falls, you might also enjoy this look at a rare Florida Yew tree growing at Torreya State Park:

Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee, Florida

AngusGholson209x209The Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee is home to a remarkable system of hiking trails that take you along the magnificent bluffs and ravines of the upper Apalachicola River.

The park is located just off Morgan Avenue in Chattahoochee and offers picnicking and restrooms in addition to the beautiful trails.

These unique formations are home to some of the rarest trees and plants in the world including the Florida Torreya and Florida Yew:

You might also enjoy this look at a Florida Yew, one of the rarest trees or shrubs in the world:

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Chattahoochee Park in Gordon, Alabama

Chattahoochee Park, often called Chattahoochee State Park, is near the town of Gordon in the very Southeast corner of Alabama. Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad takes you there:

The park is open 365 days per year and charges an admission fee of $2 per person. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/ChattPark.

 

 

Wedding Oak at Prospect Bluff in Apalachicola National Forest of Florida

The historic Wedding Oak at Fort Gadsden in the Apalachicola National Forest is not Florida’s oldest tree, but this beautiful old live oak has a remarkable history:

Fort Gadsden is now part of Prospect Bluff Historic Sites in the Apalachicola National Forest. The park is located near Sumatra, Florida.

Please click here for directions and to make sure the site is open before visiting.

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Blue Springs State Park near Clio, Alabama

Alabama’s Blue Springs State Park is known for two large pools fed by a natural spring that pours out 3,600 gallons of water per minute. The spring is an important source of water for the Choctawhatchee River.

Blue Springs State Park is open 365 days per year. Hours are 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Oct. 1-Feb. 28) and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (March 1 – Sept. 30). Admission is $4 per person (ages 12-61), $1 for seniors (62+), $1 for kids (4-11) and free for kids 3 and under.

To learn more, please visit http://alapark.com/blue-springs-state-park.

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Providence Canyon – A visit to Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area is a state park in Southwest Georgia that preserves one of the most unique geological areas in the South:

The park is open 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time from September 15-April 14 and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from April 15-September 14. The visitor center is open on weekends from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area near Lumpkin, Georgia.
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area near Lumpkin, Georgia.

The cost to visit is $5 per vehicle.

In addition to the canyons, the park offers picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, 3 Pioneer Campsites and 6 Backcountry Campsites. Pull-in camping with hookups is available at nearby Florence Marina State Park.

Providence Canyon State Park is located at 8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815. GPS: N 32.064445 | W -84.921913.

More information: www.exploresouthernhistory.com or www.gastateparks.org.

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Adventure into Old Indian Cave

Historic Old Indian Cave is part of Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Florida. The cave has been closed to the public for nearly 50 years but Two Egg TV obtained special permission to crawl inside for a look:

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The Florida yew: In search of one of the world’s rarest trees

The Florida yew, which grows only in a tiny area of bluffs and ravines along the Apalachicola River, is one of the rarest trees in the world. Critically endangered, it might hold the secrets to battling one of the deadliest of human illnesses – cancer. The bark of the Florida yew is a source of the cancer-fighting compound taxol, which has been used to battle breast cancer, ovarian cancer, lukemia and kidney disease.

Two Egg TV went in search of one of these rare trees.

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