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    Welcome to "Sweet Tupelo", located at River Bluff Landing, which is our 12 acres on a high river bluff along the Apalachicola River! We're located a few hundred yards from the public boat landing at the river's Mile Marker 63.5 in Estiffanulga, FL. This location is 10 miles south of Bristol, halfway between Apalachicola Bay and Chattahoochee, Florida.

    "Sweet Tupelo" is the name of our riverfront campsite with three RV campsites spaced 150 feet apart. 30 amp, 50 amp, 110v, and 2 water spigots per site. In addition, each site offers wood adirondack chairs, picnic table, and a fire pit. PLUS, AN RV PUMP OUT STATION ON THE PROPERTY! The only RV vacation opportunity directly along this 167 mile "Big River"! Perfect for a couple, several couples, fishermen friends, or a family desiring a unique & stunning location for a special get-away! The view is phenomenal as the property is located at the bottom of a "U" shape in the river.

    The Apalachicola River is approximately 112 miles long. The river's large watershed, known as the ACF River Basin, drains an area of approximately 19,500 square miles into the Gulf of Mexico. The distance to its farthest head waters in northeast Georgia is approximately 500 miles. Its name comes from the Apalachicola tribe, which used to live along the river.

    Most of the riverfront on both sides is owned by the U.S. government, with the remaining portions part of large tracts of private lands, along with a few small pieces of private ownership. Much of the river is bordered on both sides with sloughs, except for a few areas of high bluffs, such as Ft. Gadsden, Estiffanulga, Bristol, Alumn Bluff (Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve), and Torreya State Park.

    The watershed contains nationally significant forests, with some of the highest biological diversity east of the Mississippi River and rivaling that of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has significant areas of temperate deciduous forest as well as longleaf pine landscapes and flatwoods. Flooded areas have significant tracts of floodplain forest. The river basin contains some of the finest remaining examples of old growth forest in the southeast. The endangered tree species, Florida Torreya, is endemic to the region. It clings to forested slopes and bluffs in Torreya State Park along the east bank of the river. The highest point within the watershed is Blood Mountain at 4,458 ft, near the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River.

    Where the river enters the Gulf of Mexico it creates a rich array of wetlands varying in salinity. These include tidal marshes and seagrass meadows. Over 200,000 acres of this diverse delta complex are included within the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. There are also dunes with coastal grasslands and interdunal swales.

    Some of the remaining important areas of natural habitat along the river include Apalachicola National Forest, Torreya State Park, The Nature Conservancy Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, Tates Hell State Forest, and Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area, as well as the Apalachicola River Water Management Area. It has been suggested that this watershed should be nationally ranked and appreciated as being as significant as the Everglades or Great Smoky Mountains. The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest U.S. National Forest in the state of Florida. It encompasses 632,890 acres.

    After dark, the river brings out a symphony of owls and gators that inhabit the low lying wetlands of the other side, along with the distinctive sounds of our native amphibians. From the barking tree frog's hound like chatter or the bullfrog's deep resonant drone, to the chuckling and clattering of the southern leopard frog or the high-pitched squeak of the familiar spring peeper, few things make the river's evenings more delightful than the night sounds of nature. Other wildlife include black bear, bobcat, fox, racoon, opossum, wild hog, turkey, beaver, skunk, coyote, rabbit, deer, squirrel, quail, bald eagle, osprey, armadillo, migratory birds, etc.

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