Save The Dates: Natural North Florida’s Fall 2017 Music Festivals

BY Tommy Thompson | Aug 30, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

As summer winds down in Natural North Florida, residents and visitors alike flock to our famous music and food festivals.   It seems that every year, the number of events increase, as do their quality and breadth.  In 2017, three are of particular note. In Hamilton County, just north of I-10 and east of I-75, the […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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, […]

Heading to Natural North Florida With Your RV?–Set Up Alongside The Historic Suwannee River

BY Tommy Thompson | Jun 16, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

The banks of the historic Suwannee River offer cool breezes and relaxation to RV’ers coming to enjoy Natural North Florida.  Many of the campgrounds offer tent camping as well. Yellow Jacket Resort, on CR349, between US19 and the Town of Suwannee, is a full-service RV campground, alongside the beautiful Suwannee River   Upriver, the Suwannee […]

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 […]

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 […]

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