Your Guide to 55 Miles of Fun Along Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blueway

For a Natural North Florida county that has no Gulf of Mexico coastline, Gilchrist County sure has lots of waterfront!  In fact, few of our area’s coastal counties have shoreline to match Gilchrist’s 55 miles along the Suwannee, Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers.  The Suwannee River begins several hundred miles from the Gulf in Georgia’s …

Heading To The Water? Use Florida Boat Ramp Finder For The Best Access

If you’re heading to the Gulf, the rivers or the lakes in our Natural North Florida region, be assured we have plenty of boat ramps with public access for your use.  And the best way to find them is to use the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Boat Ramp Finder.  It’s a complete listing, …

Cool Off In Gornto Springs–A Gilchrist County Favorite!

There are many “plain ‘ol swimmin’ holes” left anymore.  Many have been privatized and others (for the better) have been turned into state parks.  One of my favorites is Gornto Spring, sometimes referred to as Guaranto Spring, in Gilchrist County, alongside the Suwannee River. Gornto Spring Park has nice restrooms, picnic facilities and a boat …

HERO FEST and Survival Race at Otter Springs Park in Gilchrist County, June 12 &13, 2015

Don’t miss the June 12-13 Inaugural Survival Race at Otter Springs There will be 50 boat Racers of Combat-Injured Vets & a First Responder and 200 other 2-man or woman teams starting out at Blue Springs. They’ll be going to Dorothy’s Landing & Spending the night (survival) with only what they brought—-or forgot. The next …

The Perfect End To A Long Bike Ride in Fanning Springs–Lunch At The BBQ Shack

Cycling Natural North Florida’s  32-mile Nature Coast State Trail is an excellent way to experience some of Florida’s Rails-To-Trails locations.  The smooth paved trail follows several old railroad bed that joined at Wilcox, just north of Fanning Springs.  This trail runs from Trenton, in Gilchrist County, through Fanning Springs and Old Town, in Dixie County,  …

Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, March 21, 2015

Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Saturday March 21, 2015 Trenton’s first outdoor quilt festival in 2008 displayed several dozen quilts that were made by students at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe. Since that time, there have been six additional outdoor quilt festivals. 2015 will bring the seventh annual quilt festival on March 21, 2015, and …

Visit and Enjoy Cherry’s Seafood & Steaks in Downtown Trenton, FL

  Lots of folks were glad to hear that Jeff Cherry had opened Cherry’s Seafood & Steaks in Trenton.  Yes, there are other eateries in Trenton, but this one is truly special.  Jeff is the grandson of A.D. Cherry, whose seafood business was a staple for many years in St. Petersburg.  Now you can have …

Visit Trenton, A Florida Town That’s All About Quilts and Murals!

Trenton, FL, the county seat of Gilchrist County, is just west of Gainesville and is home to an excellent quilting museum and has taken the art of quilting a step further by painting quilt designs on the exterior walls of some of the historic downtown buildings.

Cold Outside? Paddle Natural North Florida Springs–They’re “Warm” Year-Round

Most of us in North Florida are chickens!  Not about getting outdoors, but about cold weather.  Yes, we have a decidedly cooler climate in winter than our neighbors in the central and southern parts of the state, but we also have over 200 constant-temperature (72-degrees) springs that actually feel warm in winter. Several of our …