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Northwest Florida Dirt Roads: Canopy Roads

Northwest Florida Dirt Roads: Canopy Roads
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Our nation's transportation infrastructure is characterized by an extensive network of paved Interstate roads and highways that crisscross the country; however, many rural areas are still serviced by an equally diverse network of unpaved roads, commonly referred to as dirt roads.  Many of these county roads have been in existence for over a hundred years and continue to provide reliable levels of service for home owners and businesses.  These roads also represent the historic thoroughfares traversed by pioneers and our forefathers to find “some place better.”  Visiting ghost towns and other historic sites often means traveling old dirt roads that were once key features of the transportation infrastructure. 

This gallery provides examples of the beauty and diversity of canopy roads.  These unpaved roadways are bordered by forests with the adjacent treeline creating a partial to full canopy over the roadway.  While traveling between destinations along your normal route, take a diversion along a county-maintained, public, unpaved roadway for a different driving experience. Remember to drive slowly, wave to your fellow travelers, wonder at the remnants of those that chiseled-out lives in wild county, and take in the sights.  As stated by John Muir: "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."

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