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Place Category: Beach Towns
Traveling along the coast of Florida’s Panhandle is an exciting adventure. One of the communities to consider checking out is Crawfordville. Crawfordville is an unincorporated area and the official county seat of Wakulla County.
At its earliest beginning, Crawfordville is Port Leon’s riverside town. It is located on the east side of the St. Mark’s River before 1843 when a huge hurricane and storm surge destroyed most of the town, as well as, the port. This forced the community to relocate to a more central area in 1892, eventually making it the county seat. Crawfordville is named after Senator John L. Crawford.
Today, the Crawfordville is the same central hub both for government and business of the Wakulla County. There are several stores, a large discount shop, a number of franchised restaurants and outlets. Still, the community has not lost its southern town charm and remains to be a quaint and fun destination. Along with the modern stores are historical areas that are also a popular attraction.
In addition, there are several parks, a community college, and the Wakulla Environmental Institute – which is an institute that supports environmentally-sensitive research for many students. Oftentimes, Crawfordville is a chosen “suburb-residence” for many business and workers in Tallahassee as it is only 26 minutes away via US-319 S. The community enjoys a mostly fair weather all year – this includes cool summers and slightly warmer winters.
Attractions and Activities in Crawfordville
- Go on a Kayaking Tour – One of the most popular activities in Crawfordville is kayaking or canoeing. There are several outfitters in the area that provides both guided tour through the Wakulla River. Nature lovers will love the raw beauty of the river with the chance to see several Florida wildlife such as manatees, turtles, and occasional gators.
- Roadside Rusted Ford Trucks – This is a unique display of old rusted ford trucks and cars that has seen its time. The attraction is unique as it just sits by the roadside and a small museum is also available. Anyone who is driving down the Crawfordville Road can see this interesting and unique display. It is also a popular photo location, even getting attention from several southern magazines.
- Check out Wakulla Beach – Head southeast out of the boundaries of Crawfordville and you will be on your way to Wakulla Beach. This beach faces the Goose Creek Bay and is an unincorporated community featuring white sand beaches and calm water.
- Check Other Towns – Crawfordville is also a gateway to numerous other towns and communities it is your chance to check out towns such as Medart, Panacea, and Sopchoppy. From Crawfordville, you can also have access to several state and nature parks. Some of these are world-class destinations such as Piney Island and Bald Point State Park.
The nearest major airport is located in Tallahassee which is about 26 minutes or 18.4 miles away. If you are traveling by car, the best route is through the city of Tallahassee passing through Crawfordville Road and US-319 S.