Steinhatchee is a quaint, laid-back fishing and hunting village. We are known for our stunning sunsets, Spanish moss, the permanent four-legged real estate owners – the pelicans! The folks here are friendly, easy going folks. We are a visitor-friendly town and for that reason a good portion of our “visitors” become residents. Looking for some adventure? We have that too! From hooking the big one, to diving for scallops and other fun creatures of the sea, we also have some of the most remarkable trails and parks around!
- Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail – The area boasts one of the longest and wildest publicly-owned coastal wetlands in the United States, and a striking array of bird and marine life.
- Great Florida Birding Trail – A 2,000 mile, self-guided highway trail unifies nearly 500 birding sites throughout Florida. Jena/Steinhatchee is part of the West Florida Sections. Each birding trail section consists of a series of clusters, with each cluster containing 1 to 15 sites. Visit http://floridabirdingtrail.com for more information.
- Tide Swam encompasses 19,538 acres in the Big Bend Wilifelife Management area. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation has initiated an extensive ground cover restoration program, which has produced or expanded coverage of more than 660 native plan species, including a listed orchid that was not present pre-restoration efforts.
- Steinhatchee Falls and Steinhatchee Rise are tracts of protected lands in Florida named for aquatic features. Steinhatchee Falls rates as Florida’s broadest and most interesting waterfall. Steinhatchee Falls includes 1,766 acres, and Steinhatchee Rise covers 3,559 acres.
- Hagen’s Cove Park – a short drive out of town, and worth every mile! The Park has an observation tower, picnic tables, a shoreline that is perfect for wading or just unwinding. The sunsets here are 100% sunset, with nothing to block the magestic view. Hagen’s Cove is a favorite local hangout, with kids and adults alike, frolicking in the waters, wading for scallops, picnicking, and just laying back for a fun day.
- Jena Park – has a playground and a covered pavilion.
- Steinhatchee Pier – a great piece of history is preserved on the pier, which is made of the original wooden Steinhatchee Bridge. The pier overlooks the Steinhatchee River, just below the new concrete “high rise” bridge.
- Steinhatchee Little House Historical Center – from old photos to books for sale, the Little House is sure to capture your affections.
- Steinhatchee Community Playground – totally fenced in, located on the grounds with the Community Center, kids can swing, climb, slide, and just plain ole run foot loose! There are picnic tables located within the playground area.
- Several Wildlife Management areas – some accessible, some not.
- The road to nowhere! Literally! Some of the best cross-marsh driving around, including miles of native pines and the unforgettable, stunning sunsets!
The Steinhatchee Chamber of Commerce has an annual Fiddler Crab Festival – always held in February on President’s Day weekend. Activities include food, arts and crafts vendors by the 100’s, entertainment, cook-offs, fiddler crab races, a parade, a poker run and more! It is a family-friendly festival, including nightly live entertainment and bonfire.
For an unbeatable location, friendly service, boat and kayak rentals, clean and comfortable lodging come to River Haven Marina and Motel. For reservations please call us at (352)498-0709.
Steinhatchee is often referred to as “The Best Kept Secret in Florida.” Come visit – and find out why.