Just an hour’s drive north of Panama City, Chipley, Florida and the surrounding area, is a popular destination for paddling, hitting the trails, fun family attractions and so many more reasons to enjoy the great outdoors for a day.
WATER ADVENTURES IN AND AROUND CHIPLEY
Holmes Creek, Choctawhatchee River and Econfina Creek
These are the most popular attractions all year, but spring and summer are prime time to enjoy the more than 16,000 acres of freshwater opportunities.
Known throughout the region as excellent options for canoeing, kayaking, tubing and paddleboarding adventures.
Outfitters have all the gear needed and public access areas are perfect for swimming and picnics.
ANIMAL INTERACTIONS IN AND AROUND CHIPLEY
Two of Washington County’s most popular attractions allow visitors to have amazing experiences interacting with wild creatures.
One of only a few facilities of its kind in the world, offering access like no other. The preserve is home to 22 wolves and gives visitors an opportunity to interact with them in hands-on experiences.
Seacrest furthers its mission of providing a safe and humane sanctuary for these beautiful animals and educating the public about this magnificent keystone species. VIP tours are offered by appointment.
Tours are filled with up close encounters with alligators of all sizes. Visitors experience gators, along with other animals enjoying sanctuary on the farm, in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Experienced guides share facts about alligators’ growth, habits and habitats in both controlled and natural habitats. Tours are offered daily, by appointment only.
MORE OUTDOOR FUN
Fun guided horseback rides. Riders enjoy access to more than 10,000 acres of Florida sandhills and preserved forest on beautiful Tennessee Walking Horses. Rides range from one to four hours all year round.
Bring your own wheels and hit the miles of trails and a challenging obstacle course on the first and third Saturday of each month.
It’s a family-friendly venue and also has vehicle wash stations, hot showers and food vendors.
Want more? Be sure to read Finding the Weird & Wonderful in Northwest Florida and Florida Destinations That Take The Road Less Traveled
WHERE TO EAT IN CHIPLEY
Dining options are casual here and Washington County is known for good home-cooking, amazing barbecue and authentic ethnic favorites.
Holmes Creek Pizza & Pasta Co. – This is the place for amazing pizza, Italian cuisine and fresh salads.
Senor Sushi – This contemporary sushi and hibachi grill has a menu featuring special rolls, lunch bowls and hibachi plates.
Sister’s Sweets, Eats & More – A variety of tasty sandwiches and salads are complemented by amazing desserts and baked goods.
Skins & Bubba’s BBQ – At this local mainstay diners find finger-licking-good barbecue along with Southern favorite sides and dollop of hospitality.
WHERE TO STAY – SULLIVAN HOUSE B&B – CHIPLEY
The Sullivan House is a brand new B&B and looks absolutely lovely!
SIDE TRIP – PANAMA CITY
Since you’re so close to Panama City and if you love murals I highly recommend check out the Panama City Mural Trail that features more than 15 murals (with more to come) on display throughout Panama City’s historic neighborhoods.