Length 6.1 km (3.8 miles), terrain: flat
If you visit the Florida Panhandle, Apalachicola is sure to be one of those places that stand out as a favorite: a quiet, authentic fishing town on beautiful Apalachicola Bay, full of historic homes, with some of the Gulf-Coast's nicest islands just offshore to the east and west, forming the southern boundary of the bay.
|Apalachicola home with live-oak|
So get yourself to this great oyster-fishing town, and head to the landmark Gibson Inn on Market Street, just west of where the miles-long Gorrie Bridge carries the coast road, US98, over Apalachicola Bay and into town.
|Crab traps in Apalachicola|
So, let's get a move-on. Turn towards the stone courthouse and run north on the side street called Avenue C. In two blocks, it ends at Water Street, where you turn left and continue for a kilometer. Water Street is home to the fishing fleet, and it also has the few waterfront tourist motels and restaurants in town.
|Buoys along Water Street|
After passing the little downtown and the fishing boats, you'll run by various houseboats and some somewhat dilapidated businesses.
|House-boats for rent|
Exit the park on the other side, heading southwest along Fulton Street for three blocks. This traditionally black neighborhood is fairly simple, and not part of the historic district, but it has its own charms. It's a laid-back, mixed neighborhood with blacks and whites sharing the neighborhood, and it has a few cool old houses and a surprising number of little churches. At 8th Street, at the 2-km mark, turn left to head back towards the old town.
|Graves in Chestnut Cemetery|
When you get to 6th Street, turn right and cross Avenue E (US 98) and into the old town. The Coombs House Inn bed-and-breakfast is on your right and the little Trinity Episcopal Church on your left. The church one of the first pre-fabricated buildings in the US, having been built in New York City to be pegged-together on its present site almost 200 years ago.
|House in the historic district with little lookout on roof|
Now run past the Catholic Church down to the bayfront, where 6th Street ends at the marina at Bay Avenue, at the 3-km mark. Turn right here to continue along the water.
|Jasmine flowing into the sidewalks: what a fragrant place to run!|
|Home on Lafayette Park|
|Another great house along Columbus Street|
|Home with natural garden|