Keaton Beach is a year-round destination for visitors. It is recognized as offering one of the best coastal experiences on Florida's Gulf Coast. People come from all over to enjoy the peacefulness of this quaint community and it's friendly laid back atmosphere.
Kayaking is becoming a popular sport in this area because of all of the small creeks that can't be accessed by larger boats. Not only are they excellent for fishing, but they allow nature lovers to enjoy viewing wildlife both in the water and the marsh areas. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has a newly completed Paddling Trail totaling 105 miles, which takes a total of nine (9) days and eight (8) nights. The FWC recommends that only sea kayaks be used in the Gulf due to safety concerns. And always, file a float plan even when kayaking. For more information on the go to FWC Site click on Paddling Trail.
Keaton Beach is located in "The Big Bend" on the Gulf Coast of Florida, which is part of Taylor County's "Nature Coast". Keaton Beach is 17 miles south of Perry and 17 miles north of Steinhatchee on CR 361, the "Scenic Coastal Loop". Taylor County's coastline consists of over 150 miles, with 90% of it unspoiled and owned by the State of Florida. The waters of Taylor County have been designated as "Pristine" by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. There are 22,000 acres of State Wildlife Management Areas that are available for hunting, fishing, or wildlife watching in the Keaton Beach area.
Just down the road (approx. 5 miles) from Keaton Beach you'll find Hagen's Cove which is also located on the Gulf, which is State owned and maintained. Here you'll find picnic pavilions, hiking trails, and an observation tower. Because of the shallow waters and grass flats, you'll find several species of fish and birds, horseshoe crabs, and even the occasional eagle. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife came to Hagen's Cove to do some bird watching from the observation tower when they were in this area a few years ago.
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