Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center–Take A Walk In Our Woods

With over 7 miles of trails and one of the last-remaining examples of a fire-dependent longleaf pine forest, Morningside Nature Center is an excellent outdoor destination–within the city limits of Natural North Florida’s largest city.  The largest of Gainesville’s nature parks, Morningside covers 278 acres and is easily accessed from East University Avenue and SR20. …

Join The Fun at The 2018 Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, February 16-18

If you’re looking for a fun event in the middle of what can be a (not necessarily cold) cool February weekend, take a ride to Natural North Florida’s Gulf coast and the fishing village of Steinhatchee.   The name, Steinhatchee, is derived from the Native Timicua name, Esteenhatchee, which means “River of Life”.  And Steinhatchee certainly …

Put On Your Walking Shoes and Tour The University of Florida’s Main Campus in Gainesville, Florida

    The main campus of the University of Florida is more like a city than a college campus.  Stretching miles in several directions, it’s home to over 50,000 students–plus the faculty and support staff that make the university one of the best in the country and certainly the “flagship” of Florida’s educational system. If …

Hey, Sports Fans! There’s History at the University of Florida’s Gainesville Campus

If you’re a sports fan, you’ll definitely want to stop by the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and pay homage to one of the greatest sports programs in the world.  Not only does UF excel in academics, but the sports teams are some of the best around. Start your tour by heading south on …

Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blue Springs is Now Florida’s Newest State Park, 11/1/17

Florida now has 175 State Parks, and everyone’s excited that the transition from private to public for Gilchrist Blue Springs is now  a “done deal”.  The property, which contains six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River, has been providing recreational opportunities as a private park since 1958. …

Shop ‘Til You Drop–or Just Dine and Stroll–In Beautiful Monticello, Florida

Monticello, Florida is about 20 miles east of Florida’s busy capital city, Tallahassee, at the intersection of US19 and US90.  It’s also about a thousand times more laid=back and a great place to visit, shop or dine in our Natural North Florida region. Monticello is the county seat of Jefferson County and boasts one of …

Don’t Miss a Trip to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida

Located in a grove of oaks and pine trees, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is one of the Natural North Florida destinations you don’t want to miss!  While the Cafe is open daily, try to time your visit during one of the many festivals and music events held there throughout the year.    Typical …

Big Parks, Big Springs–Small Parks, Small Springs–A Few Suwannee River Favorites!

The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home) words and music by Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864) FIRST VERSE Way down upon de Swanee Ribber, Far, far away, Dere’s wha my heart is turning ebber, Dere’s wha de old folks stay. All up and down de whole creation Sadly I roam, Still longing for de old plantation, …

Take A Scenic Drive Along Natural North Florida’s US90–Monticello to Madison

When visitors come to Natural North Florida, they’re often surprised to find rolling hills and historic towns with no beaches or amusement parks. However, a drive across Florida’s Jefferson and Madison counties can easily change your perception of our little-known and lightly-traveled region. US90 is a major American highway.  In fact, it begins in California …

Jump In At These Gilchrist County Springs!

Gilchrist County has many spring-related parks along both the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers.  Ginnie Springs Park, near High Springs off CR340 is private, with lots of Santa Fe River shoreline and several springs.  It’s busy, but well organized and is a destination appreciated by the “younger” crowd.  Blue Springs Park, just up the road …