|Interpretive Panel at Mission San Carlos site|
The trail is a 150-mile driving tour that takes visitors to eleven unique Spanish colonial sites in Jackson County, including the sites of Spanish missions, historic American Indian villages, noted landmarks and a surviving trace of the real Old Spanish Trail. It begins and ends at the historic Russ House & Visitor Center at 4318 Lafayette Street in Marianna.
You can pick up a free guide booklet at the Russ House that features information and photographs of each site, a map of the entire drive and directions to each of its stops. The booklets are available from a display stand on the porch when the visitor center is closed.
|Blue Springs in Jackson County, Florida|
|Canopy oaks along Reddoch Road|
|View of Mission San Carlos site (bottom) and Lake Seminole|
The tour then leads back along U.S. 90 to Sneads and up River Road past Three Rivers State Park and through the beautiful Apalachee Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Drivers enjoy stunning views of Lake Seminole and the many waterfowl that flock to the WMA. Picnic areas can be found along the route at Three Rivers, Parramore Landing Park and Buena Vista Landing.
|Chattahoochee River at site of Ekanachatte|
|Section of Old Pensacola-St. Augustine Road near Malone|
|Campbellton Baptist Church|
|Heritage Village at Baptist College of Florida|
|Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail|
|Tunnel Cave at Florida Caverns State Park|
|Mission San Nicolas interpretive panel|
|Fernandez de Florencia interpretive panel at Cottondale|
After enjoying Cottondale, take U.S. 90 east back to Marianna and the end of the tour! For more information, pick up the new free guide at the historic Russ House and be sure to visit: http://visitjacksoncountyfla.com/heritage/spanish-heritage-trail/