2018 Watermelon Festival, Monticello, FL, June 8 & 9 and 15 & 16

Don’t miss this fun weekend in one of Natural North Florida’s most historic towns!  Monticello is the county seat of Jefferson County, just east of Tallahassee on US90 and just north of I-10.  The Watermelon Festival is centered on the county courthouse and stretches throughout the shop-lined streets of the downtown. Festival events include the …

Don’t Miss Panacea’s Blue Crab Festival, May 4 & 5, on Florida’s Big Bend

The first weekend in May is almost upon us, which means the annual Panacea Blue Crab Festival is right around the corner! The 44th staging of this great event will take place on May 4th-5th at Woolley Park in downtown Panacea, and it promises to be one of the most exciting community gatherings of the …

Plan Ahead For 2018–FWC discusses regional bay scallop seasons on Big Bend

This information may not be “official”, but our guess is that it will likely become so before Florida’s recreational bay scallop season begins in 2018: At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed draft changes that would create regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons and would allow a trial …

Mermaids Discovered in Natural North Florida’s Freshwater Springs!

Well, sorta…. Everyone knows that mermaids and mer-men are saltwater creatures, but there’s been a recent uptick in the sighting of these half-human/half-fish in the freshwater springs in our Natural North Florida region. A recent Mermaid Meet-Up at Ginnie Springs, near High Springs, in Gilchrist County, Florida If you’re lucky, you’ll see informal “mermaid meet-ups” …

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 …

Save The Dates: Natural North Florida’s Fall 2017 Music Festivals

As summer winds down in Natural North Florida, residents and visitors alike flock to our famous music and food festivals.   It seems that every year, the number of events increase, as do their quality and breadth.  In 2017, three are of particular note. In Hamilton County, just north of I-10 and east of I-75, the …

2017 Bay Scalloping On Florida’s Nature Coast–An Abundance of Tasty Bivalves!

It’s July, and Natural North Florida’s 2017 recreational bay scallop harvest is off to a roaring start.  The harvest began on June 16 for the waters from Suwannee (in Dixie County) to the Fenholloway River (in Taylor County) and ends on September 10.  The remainder of Taylor County, all of Levy County, Jefferson and Wakulla …

Second To Only The MIghty Suwannee River–Natural North Florida’s “Minor” Rivers

It’s tough when you have to say that some of our Natural North Florida Rivers are “minor”, but the 240-mile-long Suwannee River is hard to keep out of first place.  It’s long, it’s free-flowing with no dams or obstructions, and it’s beautiful.  But there are others in our region that are smaller, but no less …

Take a Long Bike Ride–Or a Short One–On Natural North Florida’s Cycling Routes

If you’re a bicyclist, our Natural North Florida region offers 32 excellent rides–long and short.  Many are on bike-laned roads and others follow routes originally used by the railroads and logging trucks. All our routes can be accessed and ridden using the BikeWithGPS app on your smartphone. Unlock the power and utility of our routes by …