Bradwell Bay National Wilderness Area
The Bradwell Bay National Wilderness Area, one of the grandest wild areas in northern Florida is located in the Apalachicola National Forest approximately 25 miles southwest of Tallahassee. The area lies in the Sopchoppy River and Ochlockonee River watersheds and is comprised mainly of titi and hardwood swamps containing tupelo gum, black gum, red maple and widely scattered slash pine and cypress with a perimeter of soggy pine flatwoods, and low pine ridges. Hikers can follow old logging roadbeds or take the east-west Florida National Scenic Trail through Bradwell Bay. Backpacker Magazine calls it one of the ten toughest hikes in the United States. The region remains constantly wet and hikers must often slog through waist-deep water. The Bradwell Bay expanse includes a magnificent 12 acres of virgin slash pines and untouched cypress trees. A spectacular array of seasonal wildflowers numbering well over 100 species including many orchids and carnivorous plants grow on the west side of the wilderness area. The Bradwell Bay South Trailhead is located off FR 329 where unpaved parking is available. No facilities. Caution: This hike can be dangerous and should not be attempted before contacting the USDA Forest Service (850) 926-3561 to check current conditions.