November 2-8, 2018

Adventurous Women Cycling the Forgotten Coast Together

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

Forgotten Coast Women's 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:

Join us on this women’s exclusive six-day, six night cycling adventure along the sun-dappled emerald coast that time forgot. Your trek will begin in Tallahassee, not far from the stunning white sand beaches of Shellpoint. You will spend two nights in the century-old fully restored Governor’s Inn, located in the heart of Florida’s capital. From there you will travel to beautiful Wakulla county where you will experience a jungle river cruise on a crystal clear, spring-fed river at Wakulla State Park and spend two nights at the lovely Wildwood Inn. After that you will cycle the vast expanse of the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge to an historic lighthouse perched on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico and spend two nights at the historic Gibson Inn in Apalachicola. You can walk the streets of downtown and find quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants and museums. You will visit charming seaside towns, enjoy miles of uninterrupted Gulf views and experience the culture and culinary arts of a little known stretch of Florida that has well and truly earned its name: The Forgotten Coast.

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: Rider Orientation

Day 0:

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

Rider Orientation is at 4:30 PM at the Hampton Inn in downtown Tallahassee (see link below)

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).

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Photos From Our 2015 Forgotten Coast Tour

Trip insurance is available when you register.