November 9-15, 2018

Experience the Wonders of Florida’s Northern Gulf Coast

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate | Daily Mileage: 16-44 mi | Daily Biking: 2-5 hr | Small Groups: 20

Forgotten Coast Tour

7 DAYS 

$2,250

Single Supplement $550

Reserve your spot with a 50% deposit with the final payment due 30 days prior to tour start date. Deposits are fully refundable less a $50 administration fee.

OVERVIEW:

There is a reason they call it The Forgotten Coast. A sense of timelessness imbues this little-developed, lush green, wind-and-sea swept stretch of Florida’s upper Gulf Coast.

You can see it in Apalachicola Bay, where oystermen still work their trade in open skiffs and welding long poles, in the same manner as generations before them. It surrounds you as you cycle from the sun bleached St. Marks lighthouse through primeval wetlands and palm scrub woods on your way to the tiny fishing village of the same name.

They call it The Forgotten Coast, but you will never forget the visual feast of endless miles of sun-dappled, aquamarine, shallows as you ride from Carrabelle to Eastpoint. Or exploring the open beach and rugged dunes on St. George Island. Or taking that jungle cruise down the crystal clear Wakulla River. Or stopping for a water break on the twisting Sopchoppy River after you have skirted the vast expanse of Ochlocknee Bay on your way to that tiny spit of land called Mashes Sands Beach. And, really, where else can you stand on the observation deck of a towering, modern state capitol building and still see unobstructed tree cover stretching out for miles in virtually every direction?

Come ride with us on our Forgotten Coast. This may be a Florida that time forgot, but you never will.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

This tour offers options for easy rides throughout the trip. Our Bike Florida van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance. This vacation is ideal for beginning and casual cyclists.

Average Daily Mileage: 16-44 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2-5 hours

CLIMATE INFORMATION:

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Tallahassee
November 75º/46º
Average Precipitation (in.) – Tallahassee
November 3.5

What's Included:

  • 6 nights in historic and charming hotels
  • All of your meals: 6 dinners, 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • Daily happy hour after the ride with your choice of beverage and snacks
  • Fully supported ride with SAG vehicle and mechanic
  • 2 guides riding with you daily
  • Marked routes
  • GPX route files available for download
  • Riverboat tour of Wakulla Springs
  • Luggage shuttle between hotels
  • 10% discount to any future Bike Florida small group tour
Day 0: Check in at Hotel

Day 0: Friday: we will have check in at the hotel at 3pm, rider orientation at 4:30pm and dinner at 6pm.

Meals Provided: Dinner
Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Capitol-University

Day 1: Warm-Up Ride in Tallahassee

Day 1: Saturday: A 28-mile warmup ride through the heart of Tallahassee, Florida’s state capital: Points of Interest: Cascades Park, Florida A&M and Florida State universities, the Governor’s Mansion, Lake Ella, Florida’s historic state capitol building and its 22-story modern replacement.

Meals Provided: Dinner
Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Capitol-University

Day 2: From St. Marks Lighthouse to Wakulla State Park

Day 2: Sunday: A 36-mile ride from the St. Marks Lighthouse on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, through the National Wildlife Refuge to the tiny village of St. Marks. Then a stopover at Wakulla Springs State Park for a jungle river cruise before pushing on to Crawfordville.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Magnuson Hotel Crawfordville

Day 3: 35.5 Mile Loop from Crawfordville to Panacea

Day 3: Monday: A 35.5 mile loop from Crawfordville to Panacea (renown for its seafood). Then on to Mashes Shands Beach at the mouth of Ochlocknee Bay before returning via Sopchoppy, the “worm grunting” capital of the south.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Magnuson Hotel Crawfordville

Day 4: Crawfordville to Apalachicola

Day 4: Tuesday: This is a two part ride. First you will ride 22 miles from Crawfordville south to the Florida State Marine Lab, where you will be treated to lunch and a tour. Following a 9-mile shuttle, your riding day will continue with a 22-mile trek from Carrabelle (home of the world’s smallest police station) to Apalachicola, oyster capital of America.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Gibson Inn Apalachicola

Day 5: 40 Mile Ride + Beach Party

Day 5: Wednesday: Time for a 40-mile ride and a beach party. After spanning two bridges - one five miles long, the other six - you will arrive on St. George island and the state park that preserves one of Florida’s last great stretches of unspoiled natural coastal dunes and wetlands. We’ll have an expanded rest stop set up on the beach, so bring a bathing suits and take a dip. Before leaving the island take time to explore the town of St. George with its restaurants, shops and lighthouse.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Gibson Inn Apalachicola

Day 6: Tour of Historic Apalachicola

Day 6: Thursday: Before shuttling back to Tallahassee, we’ll take you for a 16 mile tour of historic Apalachcola. From the oyster docks to the town’s stirring veterans memorial to Old Woman’s Bluff, and then on to town’s well preserved armory and the John Gorrie Museum (he’s the guy who invented air conditioning and thereby, arguably, invented modern Florida).

 

Photos From Our 2015 Forgotten Coast Tour

Trip insurance is available when you register.