State Road 71 runs north from U.S. 98 at Port St. Joe to the Alabama state line north of Malone in the Florida Panhandle. The rural highway originates at U.S. 98 (Monument Avenue) just off St. Joseph Bay and the Port St. Joe business district. Heading north, SR 71 continues to the rural community of White City and the city of Wewahitchka along a 30.42 mile course through Gulf County. 2.46 miles into Calhoun County, SR 71 splits with SR 73. SR 73 provides a more direct route to Marianna, while SR 71 loops eastward to the county seat of Blountstown. The 35.21-mile section in Calhoun County angles northwest from SR 69 in Blountstown to Chipola and the town of Altha.
Continuing 8.21 miles into Jackson County, Florida 71 meets Interstate 10 at a commercialized diamond interchange to the southeast of Marianna. The state road expands to four lanes from the exchange northward to U.S. 90, which it combines with northwest 1.794 miles. The two part ways at a wye intersection east of the Chipola River and the Marianna city center. Florida 71 shifts eastward from U.S. 90 to Marianna Municipal Airport (MAI) and along Bryan Street through the rural town of Greenwood. The northern most extent of the 27.84 mile section in the county travels to the town of Malone along 10th Street and leads northwest from there to become Alabama 53 en route to Dothan.
Page Updated 10-12-2018.