Fish Taylor County’s Lonesome (and Shallow!) Gulf Coastline

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 07, 2017 | Fish Species

Taylor County, Florida has a a long and rugged Gulf of Mexico coastline, taking up a good portion of the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the lower 48 U.S. states.  Beginning at the fishing village of Steinhatchee and stretching towards the mouths of the Aucilla and Econfina rivers, it’s not only lonesome for anglers, […]

Take The Slower Road…US90—Live Oak to Lake City, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 01, 2017 | Food and Dining

If you’re driving east or west along Interstate Highway 10, just south of the Florida/Georgia border, you’ve likely missed two small historic cities in our Natural North Florida region.  Yes, there are signs west of I-75 directing you to Live Oak and some to the east,  pointing towards Lake City.  But if you just keep […]

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

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 01, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

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 […]

Mermaids Discovered in Natural North Florida’s Freshwater Springs!

BY Tommy Thompson | Oct 31, 2017 | Off The Beaten Path

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” […]

Don’t Miss Panacea’s “Cluster Shuck” Oyster Fest, October 22, 2017

BY Tommy Thompson | Sep 27, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

The date has changed due to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nate!  We hope to see you on the 22nd! There’s an “R” in “October”– –and that means it’s time to eat oysters! What a great way to spend an October afternoon than to eat oysters at one of Natural North Florida’s premiere fishing communities, Panacea.  Located in […]

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

BY Tommy Thompson | Sep 27, 2017 | Food and Dining

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 […]

Cycle Lake City, Florida–The Best of Urban and Rural Cycling

BY Tommy Thompson | Jun 18, 2017 | Off The Beaten Path

Go for a ride and take in our culture, sights and majestic wildlife.  Lake City is the county seat of Columbia County, in Natural North Florida.  And there’s no better way to see it than to hop on your trusty “steed” and ride the 17.7-mile Lake City Lakes Loop.  You’ll see the best of Lake […]

Natural North Florida Paddling Guides and Outfitters

BY Tommy Thompson | Jun 17, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Paddling kayaks and canoes on Natural North Florida’s Gulf coast, its rivers and its springs can be the highlight of your visit.  In our 14 county region, we have several rivers, including the mighty Suwannee, as well as the largest concentration of first-magnitude springs in the world.  And if those places don’t get you excited, […]

Snorkel and Dive at Levy County, Florida’s Geologic Wonders

BY Tommy Thompson | May 14, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Natural North Florida’s geologic substructure is unique, with underground rivers that pop up at random in the form of 72-degree freshwater springs. Two examples are Devils Den and Blue Grotto in Levy County, near Williston.  Located just of ALT US98, these two private parks offer some of the most beautiful above-and-below ground scenery in the […]

Launch Your Kayak and Go Fishing in Natural North Florida’s Dixie County Gulf Waters

BY Tommy Thompson | May 12, 2017 | Fishing and Boating

Natural North Florida’s Dixie County Coastline is undeveloped and offers excellent angling opportunities in the shallow coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s particularly of interest to paddlers, whether from kayaks or canoes.  The county’s coastal waters stretch from Suwannee to Jena/Steinhatchee and there are several spots that are regularly used by paddlers to […]

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