Branching northwest from County Road 95A and U.S. 29, State Road 97 serves Walnut Hill and Davisville before ending at the state line south of Atmore. Alabama 21, a 279.30 mile route, in conjunction with SR 97 provides one of two routes between Pensacola and Escambia County and Interstate 65 north to Montgomery.

Florida 97 north
Florida 97 begins and angles northwest from County Road 95A near Molino Crossroads. A handful of homes line the east side of the highway beyond the first reassurance marker. Photo taken 07/24/11.
U.S. 29 and Florida 97 come together a short distance west of CR-95A. U.S. 29 constitutes a four-lane divided highway with a 65 mile per hour speed limit throughout most of northern Escambia County between Cantonment and Century. Photo taken 07/24/11.
A set of flashers and a stop sign govern traffic along SR 97 at U.S. 29. U.S. 29 joins the Pensacola area with Flomaton, Alabama and Interstate 65 via Alabama 113 north. The highway is an important hurricane evacuation route but otherwise lightly traveled through rural portions of the county. Photo taken 07/24/11.
Florida 97 continues northwest into agricultural areas along Atmore Highway. A reassurance shield was posted after U.S. 29, but has since been removed. Twenty miles separates this stretch of pavement with the state line near Atmore, Alabama. Photo taken 12/09/01.
Winding northward, Florida 97 (Atmore Highway) enters the rural community of Walnut Hill and meets the northern branch of County Road 99. CR-99 connects SR 97 with Oak Grove, Bratt and CR-4 east to Northview High School. Photo taken 02/08/06.
An implied overlap carries County Road 99 westward along Florida 97 for 0.7 miles. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Escambia County 99 stems south from Florida 97 and Walnut Hill through farm fields to rural McKinnonville and Bay Springs. CR-99 ultimately leads to CR-196 east at Barrineau Park. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Reassurance marker for Florida 97 north posted after CR-99 south in Walnut Hill. Photo taken 02/07/06.
County Road 99A meanders west from County Road 99 to cross paths with Florida 97 in Walnut Hill next. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Signs for Escambia County 99A along Florida 97 are erroneous in that they point to only one direction from either way of the state road. CR-99A continues beyond SR 97 to the west 6.94 miles along Arthur Brown Road to end at Pineville Road. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Turning northward from near Wiggins Lake in Walnut Hill, drivers along SR 97 approach the west end of County Road 164. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Escambia County 164 begins and travels east from Florida 97 along a 11.35-mile course to Oak Grove and U.S. 29 at McDavid. Photo taken 02/07/06.
Approaching the intersection with Escambia County 4 on Florida 97 north at Davisville. CR-4 east links Florida 97 with the community of Bratt and city of Century to the east. SR 97 otherwise travels 2.5 miles further to become Alabama 21 outside Atmore. Photo taken 08/24/02.
Florida 97 south
What was the first southbound Florida 97 shield was posted immediately south of the Alabama state line (there was no shield posted in 2011). The state highway maintains two lanes southward throughout its duration to U.S. 29 and Escambia County 95A. Speed limits through this stretch of northern Escambia County are posted at 55 miles per hour, though the initial stretch was reduced to 45 MPH since this photo was taken. Photo taken 08/24/02.
Entering Davisville, motorists along Florida 97 (Atmore Highway) south meet the west end of County Road 4. Photo taken 02/08/06.
County Road 4 extends the routing of State Road 4 west from Century to Byrneville, Bratt and Davisville along an otherwise rural trek. Photo taken 02/08/06.
Florida 97 continues south from Davisville five miles to Walnut Hill and 20 miles to Molino (via CR-95A). Photo taken 02/08/06.
SR 97 originally extended 0.6 mile from U.S. 29 to CR 95A, the former alignment of the US route. CR 95A loops east from U.S. 29 to SR 97, Molino Crossroads nearby, Quintette, Cottage Hill and U.S. 29 at Cantonment. Photo taken 07/24/11.

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12/09/01, 08/24/02, 02/07/06, 02/08/06, 07/24/11 by AARoads

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Page Updated 11-26-2012.