With Florida's largest forest as its backyard and the Gulf of Mexico as its playground, Panacea provides a lush setting for trailblazers and water fun seekers alike. Some Panacea attractions include the Florida National Scenic Trail, which offers a fantastic hiking opportunity and Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway, where visitors can enjoy stunning forest landscape views. History enthusiasts can visit the Ft. Gadsden Museum, where a tragic mass murder of escaped slaves and local Indians occurred. Camping is available near any area of interest in Panacea.
Located right in front of Ochlockonee Bay at the Gulf of Mexico, Holiday Campground is ideal for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. It has 75 full hookup sites with all the amenities of 30- and 50-amp electricity, water and wireless Internet. Large pine trees adorn the entire camp area and fishing is accessible right on the pier. Campers who enjoy a relaxed pace can spend their time beachcombing and picking shells. The adventurous can take pleasure in the challenge posed by the nearby 35-mile St. Marks bicycle trail. Wakulla Springs, the world's largest and deepest spring, according to Holiday Campground, is another local attraction that should not be missed.
14 Coastal Highway
Panacea, FL 32346
St. George Island State Park Campground
St. George Island State Park has 60 campsites with 50-amp electric and water hookup. Surrounded by miles of undeveloped beach, campers can choose between the shores of the Gulf of Mexico or the Apalachicola Bay for their water activity of the day. The beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming as well as canoeing and boating. A perfect jaunt for anglers, Apalachicola Bay provides a rich source of several fish species such as flounder, Spanish mackerel and pompano, among others. Nature trippers can enjoy bird watching along this campground's shores or take a hike to the grass marsh and small cove in St. George Sound. Campers looking for a bit of a challenge can take on the trail or ride a boat to rough it out in the Primitive Camp located in a more isolated part of the state park.
St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328
Camel Lake Campground
Located in the Apalachicola National Forest, Camel Lake offers campers a variety of outdoor activities. A lot smaller than a typical campground, Camel Lake has only 10 sites available for camping. Its small size and isolation make it possible for campers to fully enjoy the calm and quiet nature of its white sand beach. Amenities include drinking water, hot showers and flush toilets. Picnic tables are available for all, while electricity is available only within half of the campground's area. Local attractions include the nearby Leon Sinks Trail, which leads hikers to a series of water-filled sinkholes. Adventure bikers will enjoy the 21-mile challenge of Munson Hills Off-road Bike Trail and the scenic views it offers. Guests can also enjoy an early evening stroll in the historical site of downtown Apalachicola for some delightful shopping and local dining.
Camel Lake Campground
Apalachicola National Forest
11152 NW State Route 20
Bristol, Florida 32321