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The Ochlockonee Bay Trail is composed of five phases with another (5B) on the way. The Ochlockonee Bay Trail is a Florida oasis surrounded by lakes, plant life and Mashes Sands County Park, with a beautiful beach backdrop. Aside from traditional trail scenery, one of the special things you will encounter on the Ochlockonee Bay Trail is the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The wildlife refuge was constructed in the 1930s to provide a seasonal safe haven for migratory birds. Currently 13 miles in length, 5B will bring Ochlockonee Bay Trail's total length to about 14 miles. Once the extension is complete Ochlockonee Bay Trail will take you all the way to a historical train museum, converted from a Sopchoppy train depot that ran during the late 1800s. With the wild life refuge and the future expansion to the historical train museum the Ochlockonee Bay Trail is sure to a top destination for railroad buffs, animal lovers, and trail enthusiasts alike.
Follow US 98 south from Medart, Fl. About 4 miles south of Panacea is Ochlockonee Bay Bridge. At the blinker light before the bridge, Surf Road/CR 372 runs north(right turn) to Sopchoppy and south(left turn) to Mashes Sands. Construction is underway for parking (as of March 2016) in Sopchoppy, but there are some pull offs where you can park. There is parking for the Mashes Sands Trailhead.
At the other end of the trail, there is also parking on Railroad Ave. between Byrd and Rose St., near the Church of Christ in Sopchoppy.
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