Learn About North Florida’s Flora and Fauna At Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Whether Gainesville is your Natural North Florida destination or if you’re just passing through on I-75, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  It’s located about a mile west of the Archer Road exit (SR24) on the expressway. Named for Lake Kanapaha (Timicuan tramslation: palmetto leaf and house, referring to the typical Timicua …

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, …

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 …

Explore Econfina in Taylor County

It’s spelled E-C-O-N-F-I-N-A, but the locals in western Taylor County call this river and State Park on Florida’s Big Bend, “Eco-feeny”.  But despite this confusion caused to visitors, the end of County Road 14 (off US98) offers lots of opportunities for folks wanting to see Florida “as it used to be”. Expect to see all …

Visit Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park For a Close-up Look at Natural North Florida

It’s June, and it’s the perfect time to visit and hike (no bikes or horses allowed!) Gainesville’s newest  park, Sweetwater Wetlands Park. Here’s a blurb from the park’s website that does a pretty good job of describing the awesome place: “Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it’s a way …