Jackson County offers miles of hiking trails including elevation for outdoor enthusiasts. In 2013 two trails in Marianna received national recognition.
Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the Department of Interior.It is situated in Marianna one mile south of Jackson County’s courthouse on Highway 73. Strenuously hike, leisurely walk or bike ride approximately 4-mile trek, with elevation, beside the scenic Chipola River to discover caves including Alamo cave and the Ovens, accessible by Chipola River, wildlife, and birds in the 226 acre park. Hinson Rec offers a non motorized launch for canoes and kayakers, and offers a picnic area.
Butler Tract, in Marianna, also received designation as a National Recreation Trail by the Department of Interior. Butler Tract is part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail, a more quaint 110 acre scenic viewing area. It is nestled at corner of Kelson Ave and Nolan and is known as a bird watchers paradise. It is a short trail to bend in the Chipola River.
The Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail is the newest multi-use trail in Jackson County. The half-mile walk to iconic steel bridge turned 100 years old in 2014. The one-half mile trail to an architectural marvel is a historic landmark to behold. Bellamy Bridge heritage trail holds mysterious legends of burning brides, Native American battles, and moonshine murders. Some of Jackson County’s rare indigenous plants are found along the trail. It is located at 4057 Highway 162, Marianna, FL.
Blue Springs Recreational Area mixes nature, history and cave diving where the first magnitude spring flows crystal clear water to form a 202 acre reservoir known as Merritt’s Millpond. It is home to a multi-use two mile trail loop.
Florida Caverns State Park 1,319 acre offers several multi-use trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use.
Citizen’s Lodge in Marianna is a popular place to take advantage of the multi-use trails, exercise loops, sections of the trail include asphalt while the other is dirt paths that take you to view the Chipola River.
Three Rivers State Park is smaller, scenic beauty on Lake Seminole, often visited by alligators as well as anglers taking advantage of bass fishing. It offers multi-use trials with elevation for hiking, biking.