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Wauchula Blueway Community

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Wauchula began as a little settlement around Fort Hartsuff, established just before the Third Seminole War.   It was called "English",  the name of its most industrious storekeeper who then helped bring the railroad to town in 1886. It was then given its present name by the Florida Southern Railroad itself--- not by any Seminoles---, as it pushed south along the Peace River valley.

Wauchula at first played second fiddle to its neighbor to the south, Zolfo Springs, where the G.W. Scott Fertilizer Works was a pioneer in the development of Florida's phosphate industry. But Wauchula soon outgrew its rival and, in 1921, was voted county seat to the newly-formed Hardee County.

By then, Wauchula had become the center of agricultural activities ranging from orange groves to cattle-raising.  For a while, it advertized itself as the "Cucumber Capital of the World."

More recently, the town and county have embarked upon a program of redevelopment--- witness the renaissance of downtown.

               Wauchula City Hall                                  Home of Governor Albert Carlton

   Wauchula Community Information    

Wauchula Railroad Depot

Local Paddling Outfitters:

Other Things to do:

  • Visit Main Street
  • Gov. Albert E. Carlton mansion

Places to Stay:


  • At Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs
Places to Eat:
  • Four Greek family restaurants, one Italian restaurant, one grill, three Chinese restaurants, three Mexican restaurants
  • Four fast food restaurants

    Heard Bridge Road Landing         Crews Park Landing                Griffin Road Landing

Launch Sites:

  • Heard Bridge Road, left after bridge
  • Main Street East, left before bridge
  • Griffin Road, left after bridge

Florida Paddling Trails Trip Reports:

Contacts for Blueway Community Events:

 News and Special Reports:

Fossil Hunting in Wauchula

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau

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