Birding and Bird Photography in Natural North Florida

A guest blog from local bird photographer, Dr. Richard Davidson Fifty million people in the U.S. plan birding outings each year. Our area is blessed with amazing opportunities for those who observe or photograph birds. The Great Florida Birding Trail (http://floridabirdingtrail.com/) includes over 500 locations for birding in Florida, with dozens in the Natural North …

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 …

AlligatorFest at Florida’s O’Leno State Park, October 14-16, 2016

The United States’ Civil War came to Florida, as well as much of the eastern half of the country.  However, much of the “action” came in the form of blockades of ports and the capture of important salt works, there were few actual “battles”.  Before that bloody war, Florida experienced the removal of Native Americans …

Looking For Some Great Cycling? Download Our Ultimate North Florida Cycling Guide

The Visit Natural North Florida Biking Guide is online and ready to use. You can read it online, or download it as a PDF.   It features 26 one-day cycling trips and 2 multi-day trips, all linked to the RIDE WITH GPS app that’s available for smartphones or certain Garmin GPS units. To use the …

Natural North Florida Ultimate Springs Guide Now ONLINE

Our Natural North Florida region has a greater concentration of freshwater springs than almost any area its size in the world.  Ranging from smaller springs along the Suwannee, Withlacoochee and Santa Fe Rivers to major springs bubbling up in what looks like dry land, our springs provide incredible opportunities to snorkelers, swimmers and paddlers.  And …

Take A “Day-Cation” on Florida’s Santa Fe River at Ellie-Ray’s

If you’re boating on Natural North Florida’s Santa Fe River or just touring US129 in Gilchrist County, stop by Ellie Ray’s for lunch–or a fun weekend.  With plenty of RV sites, a huge boat dock, a restaurant as well as  a beautiful swimming pool, Ellie Ray’s is a must-see place on the Santa Fe River. …

Florida’s Big Bend Waters are Clean and Clear, July 2016

There’s been lots of news lately about the condition of Florida’s waters, both Gulf and Atlantic.  Yes, in the southeast, where the St. Lucie River empties into the Indian River (at Stuart) and in the southwest, where the Caloosahatchee River empties into the Gulf of Mexico, there is green algae as a result of pumping …

Natural North Florida RV Parks and Campground Info Available, December 2015

There are numerous RV Parks and Campgrounds in our 12-county Natural North Florida region.  Some offer primitive camping and others offer cabins and full RV hookups.  We also have several State and County Parks with camping, as well as private campgrounds. We have recently published a limited number of brochures listing the RV Parks and …

Hushpuppies, Natural North Florida Style–With Guava Jelly!

Visitors to our Natural North Florida Big Bend often eye quizzically the hushpuppies served alongside their fish or shellfish dinners at local eateries. Places famous for their local seafood (Poseys or Shell Point in Panacea, Deal’s or Pouncey’s in Perry, Roy‘s and Fiddler’s in Steinhatchee, The Lighthouse in Fanning Springs, Bett’s in Chiefland and any …

2015 Scallop Harvest Tops Predictions on Florida’s Natural North Florida Gulf Coast!

Photos are worth thousands of words! Yep, this is the year folks on Florida’s Natural North Florida Gulf coastline have been waiting for.  Opening day of recreational bay scallop season at Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach and St. Marks have exceeded everyone’s expectations.  It’s busy, the water’s clear, and the scallops are easy to harvest.