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Tucked away in the Panhandle of Florida, just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico, Calhoun County is located right in the center of everything Northwest Florida has to offer.
The Apalachicola region is one of the earliest populated sites in Florida. Numerous aboriginal sites are found along former and present banks in the lower Apalachicola River valley. Scattered throughout the estuary and river swamps are clam and oyster shell middens, remnants of the early inhabitants. Creek Indians from Georgia and Alabama began settling along the river in the early 1700s. Apalachicola is an Indian word for “the people on the other side.” Today, the river today separates Eastern and Central time zones.
The Apalachicola River, Florida first in flow, has been described as the lifeblood of many basin communities and is recognized as one of the six most biodiverse regions of the United States. The basin's range of habitats gives it the highest species density of amphibians and reptiles on the continent, north of Mexico. It is home to 135 listed species tracked by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. Between blended forests of cypress gum, beech, and saw palmetto, the river rolls, ample in wet season, exposing a sandy shore during dry season.