Bradwell Bay Wilderness

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Bradwell Bay Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Bradwell Bay Wilderness
Map showing the location of Bradwell Bay Wilderness
Location Wakulla County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Sopchoppy, Florida
Coordinates 30°10′44″N 84°33′28″W / 30.178812°N 84.5576836°W / 30.178812; -84.5576836Coordinates: 30°10′44″N 84°33′28″W / 30.178812°N 84.5576836°W / 30.178812; -84.5576836
Area 24,602 acres (9,956 ha)
Established September 28, 1984
Governing body US Forest Service

The Bradwell Bay Wilderness is part of the United States National Wilderness Preservation System, located in the Florida panhandle adjacent to the Apalachicola National Forest. The 24,602 acre (100 km²) wilderness was established in 1975. "Bay" in this case means "a recess of land, partly surrounded by hills," which, in this particular instance, is mostly titi swamp and standing water. The Sopchoppy River marks the Bradwell Bay's eastern edge.

A section of the Florida Trail, which usually requires wading through swampy terrain, passes through the wilderness.[1]


Titi trees, longleaf pines, loblolly pine and wire grass make up much of the swamp. The wilderness also contains a 100 acres (40 ha) old-growth slash pine - swamp black gum swamp.[2]


White-tailed deer, black bears, and alligators are some of the animals that can be seen here.


  1. ^ Florida Trail Association: Apalachicola Natl Forest East
  2. ^ Mary Byrd Davis (23 January 2008). "Old Growth in the East: A Survey. Florida" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 

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