Steinhatchee is a Gulf coastal community in the southern part of Taylor County, Florida, United States. Steinhatchee is located at 29°40′16″N 83°23′15″W / 29.67111°N 83.38750°W / 29.67111; -83.38750 (26.671111, -83.387500), 33 miles (53 km). Steinhatchee is 38.09 miles south of the county seat of Perry. Just across the Steinhatchee River is Jena, which is in Dixie County. Steinhatchee is 19.27 miles north of the town of Cross City. The Stein in Steinhatchee is pronounced as if it were spelled Steen, rather than Stine. The name Steinhatchee was derived from the Native American "esteen hatchee" meaning river (hatchee) of man (esteen). Since the early 19th century, the village of Steinhatchee played an integral part in the foresting industry, particularly cedar used for making pencils, as well as fishing, crabbing and scalloping. The Steinhatchee River also flows by the community and into the Gulf of Mexico.