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Great Outdoors

Discover Nature’s Playground

Jackson County offers an array of things to do in the great outdoors. Pick your pleasure either outdoors, underground or learning Jackson County’s history.

Water Adventures

Jackson County is a haven for water enthusiasts, offering a range of water adventures in the great outdoors. Canoe and kayak scenic Chipola River or relax while tubing down Spring Creek, swim in Blue Springs Recreation Area, or fish for Bass in Lake Seminole. Merritt’s Mill Pond is home to some of the most incredible cave diving in the world and over 200 acres of freshwater spring water to paddle or swim in. Don’t have your own kayak or canoe? No worries – our local paddle vendors have you covered! Whether you’re an avid angler or a leisurely paddler, our waterways promise an unforgettable experience.

Hit the Trails

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the great outdoors that Jackson County has to offer. From the undulating trails of Florida Caverns State Park to the panoramic views along the Chipola Greenway trails, our hiking paths cater to all levels of adventurers. Immerse yourself in nature and discover the hidden gems tucked away in our lush landscapes. Don’t forget to explore the Alamo Cave and drop a fishing line along the Chipola at Hinson Conservation & Recreation Area.

Adrenaline Junkies Paradise

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Jackson County has the perfect playground. Unleash your inner speed demon at the local ATV trails at Decker Training Facility, or channel your hunting instincts at Oak Grove Plantation. Public hunting land can be found at Apalachee Wildlife Management Area, an 8000-acre oasis filled with pines and Florida wetlands. From off-road excitement to the thrill of the chase, we cater to the adrenaline junkie in you.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for a unique equestrian experience in Jackson County. Explore the great outdoors on horseback with Simply Southern Equine or Little Star Stables, connecting with nature in a serene and timeless way. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced rider, our horseback riding opportunities offer a refreshing way to discover the beauty of our landscape.


Embark on a high-tech treasure hunt as you explore Jackson County through geocaching. Engage in this modern-day scavenger hunt, uncovering hidden caches in unexpected locations. It’s a thrilling way to combine technology and nature, offering an exciting quest for all ages. Jackson County’s geocache sites are located at each site of the Spanish Heritage trail.

Parks and Courses

Jackson County boasts an array of parks and courses, each with its unique charm. Whether you’re looking for a family picnic spot, a place to unwind, or a playground for the kids, our parks have it all. Citizen’s Lodge Park offers a great 18-hole disc golf course perfect for all ages. After you’re finished at Citizen’s, stop out to the 9-hole course at Bear Lodge at Compass Lake in the Hills. If traditional golf is more your style, head over to Indian Springs Golf Course in Marianna.