Paddle Florida’s Big Bend Coastline At The 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure, October 11-14

BY Tommy Thompson | Aug 11, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

If you’re an avid paddler, consider joining 99 others at the 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure.  This year’s 4 day trip will depart the Steinhatchee River and head south to Yankeetown, on the scenic Withlacoochee River.  On the trip, you’ll see wildlife and “Natural North Florida” at places like Horseshoe Beach, Suwannee, and Cedar Key.  […]

Jump In At These Gilchrist County Springs!

BY Tommy Thompson | Jul 24, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

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 […]

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

BY Tommy Thompson | Jul 04, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

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 […]

Three Natural North Florida Springs–Free For All!

BY Tommy Thompson | Jun 26, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Some of the best things in our Natural North Florida region are free, and that’s especially true when it comes to three of our smaller springs.  While we have the largest concentration of first and second magnitude freshwater springs in the world, these county-maintained “swimming holes” in Jefferson, Columbia and Alachua counties are fun–and FREE! […]

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 […]

Rent a Boat At Steinhatchee For 2017 Recreational Scallop Season

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

Florida’s 2017 recreational bay scallop harvest begins on June 16 and lasts until September 10 in Taylor County Gulf waters, including Steinhatchee.  While there are other Big Bend/Natural North Florida ports that offer access to scalloping grounds, it’s Steinhatchee that’s truly worked hard to make the experience a great one for everyone. One advantage that […]

Visit Springs Along The Santa Fe River in Columbia, Gilchrist and Alachua County

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

The Santa Fe River traverses several counties in the Natural North Florida region.  It begins upstream of the town of  Worthington Springs in southern Union County, and eventually flows into the mighty Suwannee River at Three Rivers Estates.  The river flows downstream to O’Leno State Park in Columbia County  where it drops into the Karst […]

Way Down Upon The Santa Fe River–A Suwannee River Alternative!

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 18, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Spring has “sprung” and while our Natural North Florida region is largely rural, crowds flock to our rivers to boat, fish, or simply float.  The Suwannee River begins in south Georgia’s Okeefenokee Swamp and meanders downstream to the Gulf of Mexico for over 240 miles.  About 170 of those final miles are in our region […]

Don’t Miss These Two Levy County State Parks and Their First Magnitude Springs

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 18, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Our Natural North Florida region has one of the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth, and two are located in Florida State Parks alongside the mighty Suwannee River in Levy County.  Famous for their flow of clean fresh water that’s a temperate 72-degrees Fahrenheit all year long, Manatee and Fanning springs are the centerpieces […]

It’s Springtime In Natural North Florida–Plan Some Festival Fun!

BY Tommy Thompson | Feb 09, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

By the time mid-February rolls around, folks in our Natural North Florida region are really tired of all those “cold” 50-degree nights and 70-degree days.  Yes, we’re spoiled! In February we’ll have a few quick, wet and windy, cold fronts move through the area and we’ll have to bundle up with a sweater and maybe […]

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