The Florida Scenic Highway Program was established by the Florida Department of Transportation in 1996 to showcase hidden jewels found along the state’s highway system. Soon to celebrate its 20th anniversary as a community-based partnership program, there are close to 1,500 miles of highway that have received designation as the “Best of the Best” in terms of their ability to connect small towns and convey a unique story. Roadways such as U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys, SR A1A along the east coast and SR 40 through the Ocala National Forest are all part of this special collection of “byways.”
The newest addition to this collection is the Martin Grade Scenic Highway (C.R. 714) (http://martingrade.org/) in Martin County that runs from the outskirts of the City of Stuart to Lake Okeechobee. This 12-mile byway is shaded by hundred-year-old oak trees and showcases the beauty of Old Florida. The byway is in close proximity to the scenic and recreational resources associated with Lake Okeechobee and the Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area.
A second new addition to the Program is the 38-mile extension of the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway. The extension continues the original byway northward from Titusville through the towns of Mims and Scottsmoor (http://www.indianriverlagoonbyway.com/). With this extension, the 233-mile byway now extends through Volusia, Brevard, and Indian River counties and includes U.S. 1 and SR A1A throughout most of its length. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Canaveral National Seashore are included as two of the best resources the lagoon and byway have to offer.
For more information of the Florida Scenic Highway Program visit our website: http://www.floridascenichighways.com/