Bristol is the only incorporated city within Liberty County, a largely rural county nestled between two rivers, the Ochlockonee to the east and the Apalachicola to the west. Often referred to as the “heart of the Panhandle,” the area is centrally located between some of Northwest Florida’s major cities. Bristol is located approximately 45 miles from Florida’s state capital of Tallahassee and from Panama City in the other direction. This area counts itself as a sportsman’s paradise, with the lower two-thirds of the county being forest land including the Apalachicola National Forest and Torreya State Park. Plants found in the Appalachian Mountains, such as the evergreen, yew and winged elm, grow here. Visitors take to Torreya State Park’s 15 miles of hilly trail and tour its antebellum Gregory House. Camping facilities include a large YURT tent that sleeps five.
Getting Here & Around: Interstate 10 runs about 10 miles north of the county’s full width with feeder roads into Liberty County. The same is true with U.S. 90. U.S. 98 runs the same way along the southern border. The major east-west highway is State Road 20, which connects Liberty County to Panama City and Tallahassee. North-south roads that connect these highways include State Roads 12, 65, 67, 267 and 270.Text about Bristol here.