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The Apalachicola River forms from the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers which are impounded by the Jim Woodruff Dam between Sneads and Chattahoochee. The water below the dam makes up the Apalachicola River. It flows into Apalachicola Bay and Gulf of Mexico

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Reports Apalachicola RiverLogin to Post   
 Date: 10/12/2012
Rating: Trip Rating
 Miles: 14.4Photos: 28 
(Apalachicola-Ocheesee-Bristol) A fourteen mile section from Ocheesee Landing to Bristol Landing including high bluffs.

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 Date: 12/16/2011
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 Miles: 12.3Photos: 4 
Put-in Chattahoochee Boat Landing on west side of Highway 90 before it crosses the river. Ocheesee Landing is 16 miles away by auto (shuttle distance).

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 Date: 11/15/2011
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 Miles: 103
(Chattahoochee to Apalachicola) The Apalach is a large river (one of Fla's fastest) ranging from 500 to 800 foot wide bank to bank. With tall bluffs, sandbars, a few springs, alligators, swamps, civil war sites and automatic weapons fire after dark. See for info

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 Date: 10/16/2010
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 Miles: 12
(Apalachicola to Blountstown) This trip report covers the Apalachicola River from JR's Landing down to Neal's Landing about two miles downstream from the SR 20 bridge.

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 Date: 10/9/2010
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 Miles: 12Photos: 25 
(Apalachicola at Chattahoochee) A group of paddlers put in at the Chattahoochee Park and Boat Landing right below Jim Woodruff Dam at the very beginning of the Apalachicola River and paddled 12 miles to Ocheesee Landing, passing Torreya State Park and the Gregory Mansion.

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 Date: 3/24/2009
(Fort Gadsen to Apalach)    Read qajaqbubba's report

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quincypair on 11/15/2012 8:38pm
A month later, we attended a 1 day workshop at Torreya State Park. The morning was spend examining a newly restored area of a newly acquired Nature Conservancy tract which is being managed by State Park foresters. The watershed area of Sweet Water Creek has been slowly contracting with the growth of sand pines planted by the previous owner of the tract. The result has been to reduce the flow of steephead ravine creeks which feed into Sweet Water Creek. Just as we saw on New River, the need for water of certain types of plants draws moisture away from creeks and streams and eventually rivers. Sand pines apparently require more water usage than, say, long leaf pines and the commercial development of sand pines was creating an adverse effect on the unique steephead ravine creeks in this area. As we had suspected, Sweet Water Creek from which poured clear, cold water into the relatively warm Apalachicola, was from steephead creeks. We were excited to be able to gingerly make our way down the ravines to see these steephead creeks, clear, fast moving and cold. These ravines have their own micro-climates, such that trees such as Black Walnuts which grow much further north and other Appalachian species thrive in these forests. In the summer the temperatures are about 5-10 degrees cooler.
paddlesolo on 10/23/2012 5:01pm
On a set of maps I have of the Apalachicola Paddling Trail the landing at the end of John Redd Road is named JR's Landing. Guess one can call it what they like.
quincypair on 10/22/2012 8:18pm
During the two Rendezvous Paddles from Ocheesee Landing to Bristol Landing, a group of two paddlers and one of us were able to limbo under the log and proceeded up Sweetwater Creek but were stopped by underbrush. One of us climbed up the bank and determined that the source of the creek may not be a spring as we had originally thought, but from a steephead ravine further above, possibly near the Garden of Eden where there are steephead ravines. The creek bottom is clayey.
quincypair on 10/22/2012 8:15pm
Interesting that the Designated Trails name for the landing is Red's Landing. I would assume it derives from John Redd, but would you have any other information on how that change occurred?
paddlesolo on 10/13/2012 9:36am
The entrance "creek" that Quincypair referred to at John Redd Landing is actually a logging canal that was dug with mules, scoops, and slave labor by my husband's great-grandfather Isaac H Stone. As one drives down John Redd Road to the landing, one can see it twisting through the woods, although it is now dry and trees have grown up in the ditch.
paddlesolo on 11/24/2011 7:51am
Here is some additional information about the Apalachicola, from that great source of information for lazy researchers, Wikipedia.

"Fed by the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, the 107-mile-long Apalachicola River has the largest volume of water flow in Florida. It ranks as the 21st largest river in the U.S. and the fifth largest river entering the Gulf of Mexico."
paddlesolo on 10/19/2010 10:11am
The photo you provided a link for is by Tina. Who knew she was such a good photographer? Jim borrowed one of her pics, I think the rest are by him.
gpax on 10/19/2010 4:04am
I liked Jim Parker's photos that go with paddlesolo's report. Pretty river pic
admin on 10/10/2010 7:11pm
Great paddling report and photos. I'll have to add this location to my "bucket list!"

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