Hike, Bike or Drive on Dixie County’s Mainline Roads

BY Tommy Thompson | May 16, 2017 | Outdoors and Nature

“I’m often asked by visitors to recommend a drive, hike, or bike ride that best exemplifies the ‘Natural” in our Natural North Florida region.  In my opinion, there are two distinct, but actually interconnected, routes–Dixie County’s Bowlegs Mainline and Dixie Mainline” Tommy Thompson Dixie County‘s mainline roads were originally built to haul harvested timber from […]

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 […]

It’s Not Too Late To Prepare For the Big Bend’s 2017 Scallop Harvest

BY Tommy Thompson | May 13, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

It’s June and there’s just another month until the fun begins! New dates apply for the 2017 Florida Recreational Bay Scallop Harvest, particularly in all of Dixie County and part of Taylor County.  Those two counties are the nexus of the harvest on our Natural North Florida Gulf coast. “The 2017 bay scallop season for […]

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 […]

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

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 28, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

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 […]

Fishing Natural North Florida? Great Resources Abound for Fresh and Salt Water Anglers!

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

With the longest stretch of unsettled saltwater coastline in the continental United States, one of the longest unobstructed rivers in the U.S. and the largest concentration of first magnitude springs and spring-fed streams, our 14-county Natural North Florida region holds unbelievable fishing resources. Our Gulf Coast stretches from Panacea, in Wakulla County, to Yankeetown, in […]

Take a Lazy Paddle on Natural North Florida’s Springs, Lakes, Rivers or Gulf Coast

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 21, 2017 | Fishing and Boating

On our vast network of springs, lakes, rivers and Gulf of Mexico coastline, paddling a kayak or canoe is an excellent way to slowly take in the sights and sounds of Natural North Florida. Whether you intend to putter around the spring run at Blue Springs in Gilchrist County or take 10 days to paddle […]

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 […]

Fun, Food and Festivities in Wonderful Wakulla County, Florida

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

North Florida’s Wakulla County offers a variety of events, activities and natural wonders to delight even the most discriminating visitor.  To the west, there’s the mouth of the Ochlockonee River, which winds from Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico.  There are coastal villages worth exploring, too.  The settlement at St. Marks and Panacea offers excellent […]

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