Leon County is located in Northwest Florida in the Panhandle bordering Georgia and Wakulla, Liberty, Gadsden and Jefferson Counties.
Leon County was established from a portion of Escambia County in 1824 and named for the Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon. On the second voyage of Columbus, Ponce de Leon sighted Florida in the spring of 1513 and named the land “Pascua Florida,” after the Feast of Flowers being held at that time. Present-day Leon County was the center of the Apalachee Indian culture when Hernando de Soto arrived in 1539.
Region: Northwest Florida Region
Metro Area: Tallahassee, Florida Metro Area
County Seat: Tallahassee