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Blountstown Greenway passes through the heart of the charming town of Blountstown, the seat of Calhoun County in the Florida Panhandle. The paved trail's lush natural surroundings are a haven for wildlife. The trail's northern end is pine forest and gently rolling hills that give way to swampy lowlands as it ventures toward the Apalachicola River.
A highlight of the route is the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement on the north end of the trail. With several historical buildings in a rustic farm setting—a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, grist mill and others—the museum provides a glimpse of life in Northwest Florida during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Mid-trail, exhibits inside the restored depot at M&B Railroad Memorial Park tell the story of the Marianna and Blountstown line on which the rail-trail was built. Out front, the railroad's original steam locomotive #444 is a cheerful sight with its cherry-red caboose. With less than 30 miles of track, the railroad was Florida's shortest, but it was so important to the region that the M&B was dubbed "Meat and Bread." During its long tenure, from 1909 to 1972, it carried, at one time or another, agricultural products, lumber, manufactured goods, mail and passengers.
The rail-trail is designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, a hiking and backpacking route that stretches more than 1,000 miles from the Georgia border to the Everglades.
There are three major access points with parking for the Blountstown Greenway: Sam Atkins Park on the trail's north side, Neal Landing Public Boat Ramp on the trail's southern end (where River Street meets the Apalachicola River), and midway at the M&B Train Park at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and N. Pear Street.
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