Perry to Econfina River State Park
Location: Perry, FL, United StatesThis is a 54-mile out-and-back from Perry, FL to the Econfina River State Park at the Gulf of Mexico. The route begins in a resurgent downtown Perry. It has a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as a number of convenience stores. There are a few places to stop outside of Perry, and there is also a long stretch of secluded road on U.S. 98 where there are few to no rest stops.
Riders head west from Perry on U.S. 98 towards the Gulf coast, then takes SR14 / County Road 670 Econfina River Road) south to the 3,377 acre Econfina River State Park, which offers many scenic viewpoints and opportunities to view birds and other wildlife. Riders on this route leave the park and return to Perry along the same route. While Econfina River Road is paved and heavily canopied, the road has no paved shoulders.
Econfina River State Park features 14.8 miles of wooded trails, which can be used for biking or hiking. The trails lead to panoramic view of coastal Florida, where visitors can see lush islands and sand dunes. Visitors can also explore the river by kayak, canoe or boat, or rest at the picnic areas along the river. Camping is not allowed in the park. Those looking for overnight accommodations may wish to try the Econfina River Resort which is located adjacent to the state park.
Riders looking for somewhere to eat in downtown Perry may wish to consider Johnson's Bakery or Joyce's Main Street Cafe. There are several other restaurants available south of downtown on U.S. 98 as well as the usual fast food fare. Overnight accommodations are also available in Perry.
For more information about the area, check out the website for Taylor County, Florida.
The Original Florida Tourism Task Force (dba Visit Natural North Florida) and the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council do not warrant the safety of the routes on this map for use by bicyclists. Bicyclists should use these routes only if they have the adequate skill level as bicyclists, and bicyclists must make that determination. All the roads shown are used by automobiles and trucks, and bicyclists assume the risks for their own safety when using the roads and/or routes indicated on this map. The Original Florida Tourism Task Force, the local governments in which these bicycle routes are located and the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council are not responsible for any damages whatsoever from its use.