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Bowling Green Blueway Community

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Bowling Green, as many of the towns along the Peace River, sprung up along the path of the Florida Southern Railroad in 1886, although a few homesteaders had been living in that area after the infamous attack by renegade Seminoles on the trading post in 1849 prompted the establishment of a string of Army strongholds, including Fort Chokonikla--- prelude to the Third Seminole War.

This dramatic chapter in American history is memorialized at the nearby Paynes Creek Historical State Park.

Bowling Green once boasted a thriving turpentine industry, was known as a watermelon shipping center, but now its main economic support comes from  nearby phosphate mines.

The city was incorporated in the 1920s, when a group from Bowling Green, Kentucky relocated to Florida to find a new home. It has since maintained a southern small town ambiance where neighbors help each other, faith plays a significant role in life and one can shop or dine in the same little town.

              Bowling Green City Hall                                        Payne Creek State Park

Bowling Green Community Information   

Bowling Green Railroad Depot

Local Paddling Outfitters:

Other Things to do:

Places to Stay:


  • Primitive youth camping area at Paynes Creek State Park accommodating up to 25 tent campers.
  • Hardee Lakes County Park, Fort Green, 863-781-2594

Places to Eat:

  • Gloria's Restaurant 4816 US Hwy 17, Bowling Green,  863-375-9955
  • Smokin' Joe's BBQ    4050 Hwy 17, Bowling Green,  863-375-4422

            County Line Road Bridge                             Lake Branch Road Bridge

Launch Sites:

  • Left off County Line Road, before bridge
  • Right off Lake Branch Road (SR 664A), either side of bridge
  • Paynes Creek State Park

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Contacts for Blueway Community Events:

 News and Special Reports:

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau

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