Chipola River Greenway: Hinson Conservation & Rec Area

4452 Gator Hole Ln., Marianna, 32448
(850) 482-2786
8am to sunset

Hinson Conservation Area

This 226-acre portion of the greenway south of Marianna has more than 5 miles of trails through upland forest, pines, open fields, karst (cave) areas and wetlands, plus a non-motorized boat launch with access to the picturesque, 51-mile Chipola River Paddling Trail. The outer perimeter trail (made up of four loops) is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail; connector trails in the interior can shorten your hike if needed. There are numerous opportunities to stop, wander and listen along the unpaved, winding entrance road. At the parking area at the end of Gator Hole Rd., you can walk along the river either on the East or South loop trails, or launch your kayak/canoe. The first ¼ mile of the river trail is a good spot to look for Winter Wren between December and February; check the tangles of roots and brush along the banks and listen for its distinctive call. In spring and summer look for Acadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Kentucky and Swainson’s Warblers. Resident birds include Eastern Bluebird, Barred Owl and Wild Turkey. You may encounter a Gulf Coast Box Turtle and early morning and late afternoon are good times to see White-tailed Deer. The native wildflowers are spectacular along the river between in March and April. Be advised that portions of the trail can be flooded at times, so plan accordingly.

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