Famous Apalachicola Oysters and Mack Landing Campground ⛺️

No trip through Tallahassee, Florida on I-10 would be complete without a detour to Apalachicola. Oysters from this region are often referred to as “Appalachia cola” or “colossal” oysters because of their large size and unique flavor.

One reason these oysters are considered among the best in the world is because of the nutrient-rich waters in which they are grown.

Another reason these oysters are highly regarded is because of the traditional farming methods used by many Appalachian oyster farmers. Many of these farmers use sustainable and environmentally friendly methods, which can result in healthier and more flavorful oysters.

Apalachicola oysters are so prized that they have been designated as a regional delicacy by the State of Florida. They are also protected under federal and state regulations, which help ensure the sustainability of the industry and the preservation of the unique ecosystem of the Apalachicola Bay.

Our detour towards Apalachicola took us through the village of Carabelle,FL. One of the most interesting and unique attractions in Carrabelle is the world’s smallest police station. The station is located on US Highway 98 and is housed inside an old phone booth. The phone booth was originally used by a police officer who patrolled the area on foot. He would use the phone to call the station and report any incidents or crimes he encountered.

Over time, the phone booth became a symbol of the town and was eventually converted into a police station. Today, visitors can stop by and take a look at the tiny police station, which is just large enough to hold a single person.

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Our journey took us through Apalachicola on a Sunday. Many of the shops were closed; however, we found a restaurant called Half Shell and the oysters were delicious but the Bloody Mary’s topped with a pimento cheese sandwich and Hush Puppies was a meal 🥘 by itself. We highly recommend a visit to this restaurant.

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Things to do in Apalachicola

  • Visit the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve: This reserve is located on the Apalachicola Bay and offers visitors a chance to learn about the ecology and biodiversity of the area through interactive exhibits and educational programs.
  • Explore the Apalachicola Historic District: Take a stroll through the historic district and admire the beautifully preserved 19th-century architecture. You can also visit the John Gorrie Museum State Park, which honors the inventor of air conditioning.
  • Take a boat tour: Take a boat tour of the Apalachicola River and Bay to see the local wildlife and learn about the area’s fishing industry.
  • Sample the seafood: Apalachicola is known for its oysters, shrimp, and other seafood delicacies. Visit one of the many local restaurants and enjoy a delicious meal.
  • Visit the Apalachicola Maritime Museum: This museum showcases the maritime history of the area and includes exhibits on boatbuilding, navigation, and local fishing.
  • Attend a festival: Apalachicola hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Florida Seafood Festival and the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off.
  • Go fishing: The Apalachicola Bay is a popular spot for fishing. Hire a charter boat or rent some gear and try your luck at catching some fish.
  • Go kayaking: Explore the calm waters of the Apalachicola River by kayak. You can rent a kayak and explore on your own, or join a guided tour.
  • Visit St. Vincent Island: Take a ferry to St. Vincent Island, a pristine barrier island located just off the coast of Apalachicola. The island is home to a variety of wildlife, including endangered species like the red wolf and the sea turtle.
  • Visit the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art: This center showcases the art, history, and culture of the Apalachicola region through exhibits, programs, and events.

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We love to camp in National Forest. The price is great and no frills. Usually no water nor electric hook-up in Federal Forest sites. If a pit toilet 🚽 does not scary you away consider these campgrounds ⛺️. We stayed at Mack Landing for the night within the Apalachicola Forest. There were 10 sites and camp host was very friendly and helpful. The bugs were bad; albeit, for $8.50 a night no complaints.

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