The Apalachee Regional Planning Council was awarded a Community Planning Technical Assistance Grant to develop a feasibility study of a trail from Chattahoochee to Bristol. The feasibility study would determine the possibility of the proposed Chattahoochee-to-Bristol (C2B) Trail and linkage of this new trail as an alternative route for the existing Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). The trail has been a grassroots effort that came to life after the Highway 90 Corridor Study highlighted many of the assets in the area and the ability of a linkage through extensive public lands. The new trail would hopefully add an economic vigor to a rural and underserved area utilizing the incredible terrain and endemic species found in the distinct Apalachicola River Bluffs and Ravines area.
The C2B trail would hug the eastern bank of the Apalachicola River, running through private and public lands in Gadsden and Liberty counties following the topography of bluffs and ravines of the Apalachicola River. Some of the larger landowners would include The Nature Conservancy, the Northwest Florida Water Management District, City of Chattahoochee, and Torreya State Park.
Associated with the new C2B Trail development will be a proposal of alternative routes for the existing FNST providing one or more potential alternatives to its current route through the Econfina lands in Bay County eastward to Bristol. The optional route would take a more northern route through Jackson and Gadsden counties passing through or near Marianna, Sneads and Chattahoochee, then turning south following the new C2B Trail to Bristol. This routing of the large-scale reroute would include Florida Caverns, Jackson Blue Springs and Three River State Park as well as the previously mentioned sites. The current section of FNST for which an alternative route is envisioned runs approximately 26 miles along State Road 20.
The Final Report is available here: C2B Final.