Its boundaries are interesting and appealing. The east boundary is the Ochlockonee River and is 20 miles from Tallahassee. The west boundary is the mighty Apalachicola River, and is 30 miles from the Panama City Resort area. On the south side, the Gulf of Mexico and its barrier islands, St. George, St. Vincent’s and Dog area are a mere 30 miles away. You can reach Georgia or Alabama just 20 miles across the northern border.
Getting here is easy. Interstate 10 runs the full width of the county about 10 miles north with several feeder roads into Liberty County. The same is true with US 90; and US 98 runs the same way along the southern border. State Road 20, Florida’s first highway, runs right through the middle, east and west. North-south roads that connect these highways include State Roads 12, 65, 67, 267 and 270. So, when you get here, what will you find? First, to borrow a line from an old song, you’ll find "land, lot of land, under starry skies above," and a large majority of it is protected for use by present and future generations of people in their outdoor recreational pursuits.
Liberty is one of Florida’s largest counties in terms of land area, with its 565,320 acres or 864 square miles, but is the smallest population-wise. Florida’s most populous counties have more than 300 people per square mile. Liberty has 12. There’s good reason for this population sparsity. Most of the lower two-thirds of the county is forest land. The Apalachicola National Forest comprises of 267,298 acres in the county, with state forests and parks along with large corporate land owners taking another disproportionate share.
The Torreya State Park consists of 60,000 acres, Northwest Florida Water Management District owns 52,000 acres and Nature Conservancy owns 6,297 acres. There’s still plenty if land available for business, industries and residences.
Most of the public and large private tracts are in game management areas, under control of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or in parks and recreational areas. Add to this the many lakes and streams within its boundaries and its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and you will have a sportsman’s paradise.
Just as important, you will find warm and friendly people who enjoy the spirit and essence of their county’s name, as well as the aforementioned sportsman’s paradise. Most of the county’s residents and its many visitors enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, boating, four-wheeling, hiking, and cycling in our great outdoors.
Liberty County is also a great place to live, work and raise a family. Public schools run from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and offer outstanding training and learning opportunities for college preparatory students as well as those who plan careers through vocational training.
So, y’all come see us in Liberty County. Stay a few days, or a lifetime. You’ll love it!