Franklin County is located in Northwest Florida in the Panhandle bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Liberty, Wakulla and Gulf Counties.
Franklin County was established from a portion of Escambia County in 1832 and named for Benjamin Franklin. Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez visited the area near present-day Apalachicola in 1527. In 1845, Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola built the first ice-making machine.
Bald Point State Park is a 4,065 acre chunk of wildlife hanging off of the western end of the Florida panhandle right on the Golf of Mexico. The park is perfect for nature goers and birdwatchers with much of Florida's intricate habitats to explore. Not too mention the amazing wildlife on display including bald eagles in the fall, among other Florida birds migrating south for the winter. The parks beaches are also great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing near the ocean water.
This park is a beautiful area for those who just need to relax and get away for a few hours or even a day. There's a sandy white beach for visitors to sunbath, play in the sand, swim, and look for sea shells as well as fishing spots, hiking trails, and the option to camp and enjoy nature for more than a day. It's very possible to see a variety of animals here such as dolphins, sea turtles, and other saltwater fish along with a variety of birds. If you're a fan of nature photography, this is the perfect place to get some practice in with the camera. The state park is also one of the best areas to stargaze at, so even if you don't decide to camp, be sure to stick around until after dark to look at the beautiful night skies.
Franklin County School District’s mission is to provide a teaching, learning and caring environment for children where they can benefit from commitment to academic excellence. All students K-12 attend Franklin County School, except those students attending the Apalachicola Bay Charter School or other private schools.
This state park was named after John Gorrie, a physician who was deeply involved with his community as he served as a postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman, and even a bank director. During his lifetime, yellow fever was a big problem in the area, and he found that the cooler the room, the easier it was for patients to survive. He received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851 and this ice-making machine sits in the museum on the this state park property. There are, of course, other artifacts throughout the lifetime of Gorrie that sit on display in the museum, as well as some history of the Florida Park Service, which is dedicated to preserving the natural areas of Florida. Along with the museum, people can picnic on the grounds when it's a beautiful day outside.
Overlooking the Apalachicola River is a beautiful home built by Thomas Orman for all sorts of gatherings in 1838. The rich history behind the Orman House Historic State Park aided in shaping Florida. Travel back in time and take a tour of the home, or visit the Chapman Botanical Gardens, which is always blooming in remembrance of one of the most popular botanists, Dr. Alvan Chapman. Experience the interpretive exhibits and nature trails, and find out everything that this state park has to offer.
Rebuilt in 2008, the St. George Island lighthouse is located on beautiful St. George Island Florida. The two-story building built next to it is a replica of the keeper’s house and now houses a museum and gift shop to tell visitors about the history of the lighthouse and its keepers. It is located near beautiful blue waters and white sandy beaches, perfect for a family day exploring the beaches and learning about old Florida history.
The Dixie Theater celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. It has been both a movie theater and a performing arts venue throughout its long history. In reopened after renovations in 1998 and has since served as a performance space and a rental space for private parties during the off-season.
Franklin County is a great member of the gulf coast counties that line the panhandle of Florida. Here the beach is a great draw, with lots of ways to camp along the shoreline. Youth and adult sports and recreation are at home here as well. Come check a few of the attractions for parks and recreation to be found here in Franklin.