The Red Hills

The Red Hills -- it’s a phrase often used by locals that sometimes mystifies visitors but it’s a defining element in Tallahassee history.

The Red Hills Region is a 300,000-acre area located between Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia, known for its rolling hills and red clay soils. Without getting overly technical, it’s a rather distinctive landscape rich in biological diversity, historic resources and scenic beauty.

Often called the land between two rivers, the Red Hills Region stretches between the scenic Ochlockonee and Aucilla Rivers and serves as a lifeline between coastal and northern wild lands. The region is one of the highest recharge areas of the Florida Aquifer which supplies drinking water to residents in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

The region’s rich soil, suitable climate and plentiful game made it attractive to multiple cultures that shaped its history.  The lasting influences of each are the region’s Native American ceremonial mounds, Spanish missions, vast plantations and tenant farms. Prior to the Civil War, the region was a major cotton producer.  After the war, many of the cotton plantations became winter homes and quail hunting plantations for wealthy northerners.

Today, the region has the largest collection of undeveloped plantation lands in the nation.

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Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee)

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