Nestled along the northern Gulf Coast, this park protects a mosaic of diverse landscapes.
The Econfina River meanders like a dark ribbon through pine flatwoods and oak-palm forests, to broad expanses of salt marsh dotted with pine islands. Nature lovers can explore the scenic beauty by foot, off-road bicycling or horseback on 14.8 miles of wooded trails - or drift along the river in a kayak, canoe or boat. Trails lead to a panoramic view of coastal Florida where lush islands and sand dunes left from a bygone era dot the horizon.
The Econfina River empties into the Gulf of Mexico 2.2 miles south of the park’s boat ramp. Picnic facilities are near the boat ramp and the park offers numerous opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching.
Native Americans visited the area to take advantage of the great fishing and hunting that the Econfina River and the Gulf Coast provided. Since then people continue to enjoy the park's easy access to the bountiful Gulf of Mexico fish and natural resources.
In 1989, the property opened as a state park to forever preserve the natural areas found within this 4,528 acre park.
Off-road bicycling is available along the 14.8 miles of trails. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
There are many different species of birds to view at the park which include mallard ducks, great blue herons and red-tailed hawks. You may encounter numerous shore and wading birds along the river or see Ospreys, Bald eagles, and countless songbird species while on the hiking/nature trail.
The Econfina River offers a variety of salt and fresh water fishing. Econfina River provides direct access to Apalachee Bay. The Econfina River is not suited for water skiing or kneeboarding/wakeboarding. There are numerous limestone rock outcroppings that make navigation challenging.
The Econfina River offers a variety of salt and fresh water fishing. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen as you drift or paddle down the river.
Fishing is allowed in designated areas and both fresh and salt water fish can be caught in the river.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Nature lovers can explore the scenic beauty by foot on 14.8 miles of wooded trails.
A small covered pavilion with two picnic tables is available at the park.
There are many different types of wildlife to view while you are at the park, which include black bear, fox, and deer.
Canoe Kayak Launch
There are two small boat ramps within the park. Econfina River State Park does not have a launch fee for canoes and kayaks. The entrance fee covers a launch.
There are two small boat ramps within the park. Econfina River State Park does not have a boat launch fee. The park entrance fee covers launching a boat as well.
Econfina has one picnic pavilion with one accessible and one standard picnic table. The pavilion and picnic tables at Econfina River are on a first come first serve basis. Pavilion reservations are not taken.
Horse Equestrian Trail
Explore the scenic beauty by horseback on 14.8 miles of wooded trails. No amenities for horses are available. Proof of negative Coggins is required.