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“There remain some places in Florida so remote, so quiet, and so wild that you feel you alone have discovered it.”

– Robin Rowan  

We can’t say it any better!  Come, explore this nature coast paradise, located within easy walking, riding, kayaking or driving distance!  Below is some helpful information about the village itself, and nearby attractions.  

Nearby Activities

Boat Ramps

Local area boat ramps include the new Steinhatchee launch with three ramps, located on Hwy 51 (Riverside) just east of Roy’s Restaurant.  Daily fee is $5.00.  (An annual pass may be purchased online from the Taylor County Tax Collector for much less than the daily cost:  https://paymentcenter.bill2pay.com/pay.)

The Jena launch has a double ramp. No launch fees.  Located at the end of Hwy 358 approximately 1 mile from Steinhatchee Bridge, Jena side of River.

Rocky Creek launch, no fee. Located out Hwy 361 to 459 St. Right turn, to the end of the road. Caution, this creek may be hazardous, especially at low tide. This is a small craft launch.  New ramp with floating dock.

First Avenue launch.  No fee. Located at the end of First Avenue, east off Hwy 51 just north of the Post Office. This is a small craft launch.


Jena Park

Located on Highway 358 in Jena (just across the bridge), Jena Park offers play equipment for the children, a basketball court, tennis court, picnic pavilion and restrooms.


Steinhatchee Pier

Within walking distance of the River Inn, Steinhatchee Pier is a section of the old wooden bridge and was completed in 2009.


Steinhatchee Little House

Within walking distance of the River Inn, the Little House is located on the Community Center grounds and serves as both a library and a welcome center.


Steinhatchee Community Playground

Located on the Community Center grounds, the playground is a fully equipped, fenced area where children can burn energy or just swing the day away.  The playground is within easy walking distance of the River Inn.


Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail

One of the longest and wildest publicly-owned coastal wetlands in the United States, you will find an array of bird and marine life.  Flocks of white pelicans often zoom past in winter and great egrets dot marsh expanses, white as snow flakes.  Bald eagles and ospreys entertain with their aerial maneuvers, and in the often clear waters, one can spot crabs, fishes, sea turtles, manatees, cannonball jellyfish and small sharks and rays.


Hagen’s Cove

About a 15-minute drive up the coast is some of the most gorgeous scenery you will find and home to some beautiful bird and wildlife watching.  Called one of the “premier shorebird locations on Florida’s Gulf Coast” the Cove attracts sandpipers, whimbrel, reddish egrets, plovers, egrets, blue herons, and swallow-tailed kites. The Cove offers picnic pavilions, a lookout and some incredible march grasses shoreline! The recreation area provides panoramic views of the pine island’s, unique natural beaches, and shallow bays of the Gulf of Mexico.  An observation tower offers great view of the surround areas and a boat ramp for small craft is on site. Taking in the Cove at sunset is an absolute must, especially during the winter months.


Keaton Beach

The areas only beach, Hodges Park features a fishing pier, swimming beach, playground and picnic area.

Local Gulf Coast State Parks Well Worth the Trip

Day trips from the River Inn to nearby Gulf Coast State Parks provide opportunities to explore some of Florida’s many natural wonders and see native wildlife in their own environment. The Inn is located near more than 100,000 acres of Preservation 2000 lands acquired under the Save Our Rivers program. This includes miles of undeveloped Gulf Coast frontage. The gulf and fresh water streams that flow through the area provide habitat for more than 100 bird species.


Outdoor Adventure Options

Recreation opportunities for the avid hunter, paddler and birder abound. The Big Bend Wildlife Management Area provides numerous areas for hunting opportunities and seasons for archery, muzzleloader and modern gun hunting.


Explore Scenic Trails in the Florida Gulf Coast State Parks



Dallus Creek in the Tide Swamp Unit, 9 miles north of Steinhatchee, offers a short hiking trail, great birding and wildlife viewing, paddling, fishing and a scenic driving tour. Visit    www.floridaconservation.org for more information. The Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail also attracts visitors from across the country to its 105-mile trail. And the Great Florida Birding Trail offers more than 400 sites throughout Florida for birders and wildlife observers. Check out www.floridabirdingtrail.com for a complete list of area sites to visit.


Forest Capital Museum State Park

Located 18 miles north in the city of Perry, is the Forest Capital Museum State Park. Dubbed the “Tree Capital of the South” this combination park and museum shares the history of logging in the region and describes, incredibly, how the area’s longleaf pines contribute to the manufacturing of more than 5,000 products. From the museum you’ll enter a Cracker Village that, in 1863, was home, sweet home, for the Whiddon family. Their original cabin, barn, kettlehouse and smokehouse, created from hand-hewn logs, are here, giving visitors an idea of how they – and hundreds of other pioneer families – lived in the backwoods of frontier Florida.

Each October, tens of thousands of visitors travel to Perry to remember their heritage at the Florida Forest Festival, a local tradition since 1955.


Steinhatchee Falls

Steinhatchee Falls rates as Florida’s broadest and most interesting waterfall.  This limestone shelf along the Steinhatchee River served as a crossing point for wagons as settlers pushed their way south along the gulf Coast.  The wagon ruts are still visible in the limestone on both sides of the river.  Timucuan Indians, Spanish Explorers, Seminole Indians, and Civil War troops also passed through this area, crossing at the Falls.  A riverside park has interpretive information, picnic tables, and a boat launch; a hiking trail starts just outside the gate.  The River Haven Marina offers kayak rentals that include drop off at the Falls.   


ANNUAL EVENTS

Fiddler Crab Festival – always held President’s Day Weekend.  The Festival is a 3-day event that includes food, arts and crafts, entertainment, cook-offs, fiddler crab races, a parade and a poker run.

  • In March, be sure to participate in the Stienhatchee Community Fishing tournament.
  • In May – the Optimist Club Tournament and the Reeling for Kids tournament
  • June – Nauti-Girls fishing tournament
  • July – August – Scallop season
  • July 4 – Riverfront fireworks

December – Christmas in the  Park and a lighted boat parade

OTHER THINGS TO DO

  • Road to Nowhere
  • Fishing Charters,
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Golf Cart Rentals