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Hart Springs Nature Festival
This event showcases the beauty of nature at
Florida springs. Event will include a bird watching
tour ( 9:00 sharp), and a native plants and trees tour
on our ½ mile boardwalk. The Master Gardeners,
Institute of food and Agriculture Science (IFAS),
FFA, and 4-H will have exhibits and displays. There
will be food, plant, crafts and other vendors. Music
and children’s activities, and of course swimming
in one of the largest natural springs in Florida.
Hart Springs Park
Welcome to Hart Springs, one of the largest spring-fed swimming areas in the state of Florida. Enjoy camping — from tent to full hookups, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, birding, biking and hiking. Access 55 miles of Gilchrist County river shoreline, and enjoy an abundance of refreshing natural springs. Stroll down the half-mile boardwalk and rent canoes, kayaks, tubes of all sizes, bikes, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes. Hart Springs Park and Campground is a family-oriented recreation area, accessible by car and boat.
Daytime access available; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Ellie Ray's RV Resort and Lounge
Relax on the banks of the spring- fed Santa Fe River, where the warm air, tranquil views and soft sounds of nature will lull you into vacation bliss. Padding, tanning, fishing and more await you at Ellie Ray’s, somewhere…….on the Santa Fe River!
Ellie Ray’s RV Resort and Lounge features RV river view and primitive lots, tent camping, free Wi-Fi, a boat ramp, package store, volleyball, playground, basketball courts, nature trails, paddling, swimming and snorkeling and more.
Sturge’s at Ellie Rays, their onsite lounge, offers music, drinks and a laid-back fun atmosphere! They offer specials each night of the week.
Find Ellie Ray’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellierayscampground
Troy Springs State Park
Whatever your outdoor interests, you will find something exciting at Troy Springs State Park!
Black Prong Equestrian Center
A unique 250-acre facility meticulously developed for the sport and art of all things equestrian.
Overnight stay for horses permitted, Stables, Lodging available, Horse trailer parking, Multi-use trails nearby, Fresh water for horses
Bronson Blue Springs
Swim, play, hike, and fish at Bronson Blue Springs.
Bronson (Soutwest of) Florida
Cedar Key Florida
Cedar Key Boat Rentals & Island Tours
Joe and Wendy Slaughter are the owners and operators of Cedar Key Boat Rentals and Island Tours. Both are Cedar Key natives whose families have been living in Cedar Key for over 6 generations. Joe is a master licensed captain with more than 40 years of working on Cedar Key's waters.
Services include EcoNature tours, boat rentals, island drop-offs and special events such as island weddings and moonlight tours.
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
Hikers and off-road bicyclists who want to experience a mosaic of Florida habitats will find it on the miles of trails that wind through the park. The shallow waters and numerous creeks near the salt marshes are ideal for canoeing and kayaking.
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Wading birds, shorebirds, fishes, manatees, bald eagles, crabs, and even reptiles are some of the species of wildlife that find suitable habitat on the islands and marshes that make-up Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.
Kayak Cedar Keys
Located in the quaint fishing village of Cedar Key, Florida, right on the Gulf of Mexico. Cedar Key and the surrounding area is a paddling enthusiast's paradise, recognized as a primary gathering area for paddlers from Florida and South Georgia.
Kayak outfitter, tandems, sit-on tops, also specially outfitted fishing kayaks available. Rentals, guide service, sales.
Tidewater Tours & Boat Rentals
Experience the pristine waters surrounding Cedar Key and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuges. Tidewater Tours offers Cedar Key Island Tours, Suwannee River Tours, Coastal Estuary Tours, and Special Birding Tours.
History, Environmental Education, Numerous Birds, and Bottle Nose Dolphin are a part of every trip. We also have Cedar Key’s best RENTAL BOATS at the best prices.
Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park
The preserve is home to numerous rare, threatened, or endangered plant and animal species and commercially important marine species. Accessible only by boat, this preserve is a favorite of anglers because it boasts both saltwater and freshwater fishing.
Andrews Wildlife Management Area
In addition to biking the trails, you can enjoy small, high-quality hunts and excellent fishing along the banks of Suwannee.
Manatee Springs State Park
A first magnitude spring, Manatee Springs discharges an average 100 million gallons of water every day. This water comes from rain that falls on lands within a 40 mile radius from the spring. Geologically the surrounding lands resemble a sponge, with sand and the underlying limestone quickly transferring rainfall into deep caverns that deliver the water to the spring from every direction, but mostly from the South and East. The spring is a source of life for many species of fish, reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates. From November through April, manatees use the spring's life-giving waters for warmth. During those months the Suwannee River and Gulf of Mexico waters are colder than the constant 72 degrees of the spring. Popular for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are an outstanding year-round experience for people as well. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through towering cypress, tupelo and other wetland trees to join the Suwannee River. During the summer months, huge prehistoric-looking Gulf Sturgeon can be seen leaping out of the river as they have done for eons. Enjoy the spring run view by canoe/kayak or on foot along our boardwalk. A concession provides beverages, snacks and canoe/kayak rentals. Children can enjoy a playground in the picnic area, where tables, grills and pavilions are available for family fun. Hiking and biking adventures await on the north end trail system. The full-facility campground is surrounded by hardwood hammocks and upland pine habitats. Reserve a canoe or kayak by calling Suwannee River Tours at (352) 490-0909. Located at the end of State Road 320, off U.S. 98, six miles west of Chiefland.
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.
The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a system of hubs and river camps, spaced a convenient day's travel apart, so that visitors can enjoy a lazy day trip or a multi-day adventure on the Suwannee.
The Wilderness Way
Wilderness Way is Florida's Big Bend paddlesport outfitter. The specialize in: kayak sales and rentals, guided and private tours, kayak fishing gear, professional certified instruction, birthday parties, paddlesport accessories.
Shired Island Public Boat Ramp
Shired Island is part of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. There is a boat ramp for access to the Gulf of Mexico, and it is a popular launch point for coastal paddlers. There is a short trail to a 7,000 year old archeology site where ancient Floridians discarded the shells left from their meals.
Goethe State Forest
Goethe State Forest contains on of the largest tracts of contiguous, old-growth longleaf pine flatwoods in the state.
Overnight stay for horses permitted, Horse trailer parking, Fresh water for horses, Multi-use trails ,Hiking trails, Bicycling trails, Wildlife Viewing, Hunting, Primitive camping,
North Star Acres
Guided Horseback Trail Trips...Stall & Camp for Horse & Rider.
Ride with veteran horsewoman Roberta Cogswell on guided trips through
the unspoiled flatwoods of Goethe State Forest. Trail horses are
provided or bring your own.Located on on a 65 acre farm
with thoroughbreds, goats,
Trailhead Ranch features real Florida ranch style “fun in the sun” for horse lovers.
Fanning Springs Florida
The Aquatic Center has been serving Gainesville and the surrounding communities for nearly two decades, offering an exciting array of classes and travel.
Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
In the midst of north Florida's sandy terrain and pine forests, a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leads down to a miniature rain forest. Numerous springs flow out of the walls of the sink into streams that then disappear into a cave at the bottom. Truly a natual wonder!
Divers Supply and Water Sports
Florida Crane and Nature Festival
Join the Florida Trail Association and the Alachua Conservation Trust during MLK weekend to celebrate the wintering Sandhill Cranes, endangered Whooping Cranes, wild horses, bison and more than 270 species of birds in Alachua County.
Discovering more than 150 wintering birds, including the American Bald Eagle
Biking the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail
Saturday night dinner with a keynote speaker
Wildlife and Birding Presentations
There is a fee for registration that covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and shuttle service to bird-watching locations.
Gainesville Ecotours offers interpretive hikes, trail fitness, geocaching, driving ecotours, and cupcakes or beer tasting urban ecotour events in and around Gainesville, Florida! Great for birding, wildlife viewing, exercise in nature, environmental education for home schooled families, geocache birthday parties or a fun outing with friends. Gainesville Ecotours is committed to helping Gainesville and Northeast Florida's residents and visitors alike find, explore, and understand Florida's natural resources and wildlife. Join us for a "wild" adventure! Find us at www.facebook.com/Gainesville Ecotours, www.twitter.com/GvilleEcotours, and www.pinterest.com/GvilleEcotours. Check GainesvilleEcotours.com for the tour schedule and email Terri@GainesvilleEcotours.com or call 904-704-4087 to register.
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Designed for cycling, walking, and horseback riding, the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park is a 16 mile journey that meanders from Boulware Springs Park in Gainesville, through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area and ending in Hawthorne. The trail is an easy ride for most cyclists, with a few gentle hills. There are many opportunities to see wildlife along the way, especially if you take the time to visit La Chua trail in Paynes Prairie.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Picnicking, gift shop, plant nursery. Beautiful manicured and natural gardens, including a large variety of bamboos.
Lloyd Bailey's Scuba
Lloyd Bailey’s Scuba is the largest privately owned scuba and water sports store in North Florida. Lloyd Bailey has taught over 3000 students Basic Open Water.
Madonna's Equestrian Academy
Madonna’s Equestrian Academy is a rustic horse farm, located just north of Gainesville, Florida...
Morningside Nature Center Barnyard Buddies
Every Saturday the living history farm comes to life with staff interpreting life on a rural 18th century farm.
Morningside Nature Center has a farm, ee—i—ee—i—oh! On this farm youngsters and their parents can meet and greet animals by helping staff with the afternoon feeding. This FREE program begins at 3:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour.
Paddle Florida, Inc.
Paddle Florida, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that promotes water conservation, wildlife preservation, springs restoration and waterways protection by exposing paddlers to Florida's natural beauty and rich cultural heritage along the state’s most scenic rivers, canoe trails and coastal environments. Paddle Florida also seeks to promote Florida as an international destination for nature-based tourism.
Paddle Florida hosts several multi-day paddling trips each year that highlight the REAL Florida.
Rogers Farm Corn Maze
Enjoy Hours of fun at the Rogers Farm Corn Maze! Enjoy hayrides, cow train rides, the corn cannon, huge jumping pillow, pony rides, a petting zoo, rubber ducky racing and more! And of course, test your skill at finding your way out of the HUGE 10 acre corn maze. Also, after 8:00 p.m. the maze is HAUNTED!
Admission is $8 for the attractions, $12 for the attractions and corn maze.
Hours: Fridays, 5 p.m. to Midnight; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to Midnight; Sundays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Located 7 miles north of Gainesville on SR 121
Water World Dive Center
Gulf Hammock Florida
High Springs Florida
Adventure Outpost currently leads kayak and canoe tours on over 40 waterways throughout North Florida. Cypress swamps, hardwood swamps, river hardwood forests, darkwater rivers, spring runs and marshes are among the variety of habitats they explore. With a legacy of prehistoric inhabitants, human history and their enchanting natural beauty, each of these wetlands is unique. And, each is the happy home to a fascinating array of plants and animals.
You can read the Adventure Outpost Blog, written by river guide and author Lars Andersen, at: http://riverguidesjournal.blogspot.com
Blue Springs is a heavenly escape from everyday life and hurried vacations. Swim in the crystal-clear blue waters , stroll along the boardwalk to the Santa Fe River, canoe or kayak the spring run, and camp at their fully equipped campground.
Canoes, kayaks and tubes available for rent; pavilions available for special events.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ginnie Springs Outdoors
Come out and enjoy the seven crystal clear fresh water springs located in over 200 wooded acres along the banks of the Santa Fe River in Florida. Many riverside campsites are available, or book the Ginnie Cottage. Launch your own canoe/kayak or rent one of theirs.
O'Leno State Park
Canoeing, fishing, horse trails, nature trails, picnicking, RV camping, swimming, and wildlife viewing.
Overnight stay for horses permitted, Primitive Camping, Fresh water for horses, Stables, Corral, Carriage trail, Horse rentals, Horse trails, Multi-use trails
O'Leno State Park
Oleno StatePark is located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee River. The park features sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps, sandhills and a suspension bridge across the river.
The Gainesville area's largest spring!
River Rise State Park
The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise State Park as a circular pool before resuming its journey to the Suwannee River...
Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
Enjoy a relaxing paddle down one of Florida’s most scenic rivers. Take just a few hours or go all day. Experience crystal-clear freshwater springs, abundant wildlife and incredible natural formations.
Whether you bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one of theirs, you can take advantage of Santa Fe Canoe Outpost’s convenient launch facility, ample parking and pick-up service.
Canoe Outpost can supply you with everything from ice to detailed maps. Canoe Outpost staff expertise is based on years of experience paddling the river so, if you have questions, they have answers.
Inglis Island Trails
The trails offer views of the island’s natural communities which include cypress swamp, pine flatwoods and mixed hardwood hammocks.
Withlacoochee Bay Trail / Felburn Park Trailhead
Bicycling, walking or skating on the paved trail provides numerous opportunities to observe wildlife, picnic or bank fishing along the route.
Aucilla River Paddling Trail
The Aucilla River flows 27 miles through Jefferson, Madison and Taylor Counties.The natural communities found on the Aucilla are Cypress swamps with hardwoods, which are teeming with wildlife. Wood ducks, otter, wild turkey, kingfisher, pileated woodpeckers, beaver, and song birds are common.
People have been attracted to the Aucilla River for over 12,000 years. Indians fished and hunted along the river extensively and State archeologists have found a treasure trove of prehistoric records along its shores (note: it is illegal to remove artifacts from Aucilla).
Econfina On the Gulf
Econofina River Resort is located in the “Big Bend” area of Northwestern Florida, which is situated in the middle of a 40 mile stretch of protected coastal habitat, and is one of the few native areas left untouched by development.
Econfina River State Park
Horse trails, boating, boat ramp, canoeing, fishing, nature trails, and picnicking.
Live Oak Florida
Four Freedoms Park Madison (Bike Loop Trailhead)
In the heart of downtown Madison is Four Freedoms Park, home to the Four Freedoms monument. President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned the monument in honor of the late Captain Colin P. Kelly, a Madison native and the first U.S. war hero of World War II.
Lafayette Blue Spring State Park
This state park includes a first magnitude spring that flows from the Suwanee River, campgrounds, and picnic areas.
R.O. Ranch Equestrian Park
Overnight stay for horses permitted, Horse trailer parking, Full facility camping, Primitive Camping, Multi-use trails, Carriage trail
Suwannee River Rendezvous - Convict Spring
Welcome to the Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground. Century old oak trees shade the campground and resort. The Rendezvous is home to Convict Spring and has 1,500 of shore line on the beautiful Suwannee River. The RV park has full hook-up, water and electric sites and primitive tent sites. The resort has lodging for all size family groups, from motel rooms to log cabins to the beautiful Chalet and the A-frame homes. Canoe and Kayak rentals and trips are available and Grandma Susie’s Cookin’ Shack is open every weekend from 8am -11pm for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner plus her famous home made deserts and ice cream. 386-294-2510 or visit on the web www.SuwanneeRiverRendezvous.com ps. We are dog friendly with friendly dogs.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically, and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.
Over 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and over 270 species of birds.
The preserve has an amazing array of activities available including wildlife viewing, biking, hiking, equestrian trails and camping, both primative and full service camping, and a visitors center to name a few. Paynes Prairie is one of Florida's most unique natural treasures.
Cavallo Farms Horse Farm and Equestrian Center
Explore the majestic world of equestrian sports and the thrill of horseback riding at cavallo farms.
Overnight stay for horses permitted, Horse trailer parking, Stalls, No horse trails but you can ride on their property, Freshwater for horses.
Conner Carriages & Occasions at the Bar C Ranch
Horse trails, Horse trailer parking, Horse rentals, Fresh water for horses, Carriage rides.
Monticello Karting & Motor Club
Their track was especially designed for kart racing with the expressed goal of joining the ranks of the best karting tracks in the world. They are not an amusement park or concession center, although we do offer driving schools in our "track karts".
The Painted Pony
**Beginning May 1, 2010**
Overnight stay for horses permitted, Horse trailer parking, Stalls, Access to multiple trails and greenway nearby, Bunkhouse for weekend getaway retreats.
Wacissa Springs Livery
Let Jim Dulack, a certified green guide, help you explore the beautiful Wacissa River. Canoes and kayaks are for rent or bring your own
Willow Pond Plantation
Cabins, trails, stocked ponds, in-door and outdoor group facilities are scattered among the acres of relaxing landscape. From primitive woodland with creeks, ponds and beautiful cypress to manicured gardens around the wedding gazebo, visitors enjoy the beauty and seclusion of the country without sacrificing the conveniences of home.
Easily accessible from I-10 and less than two miles from the Florida-Georgia Parkway (US 19) as it passes through Monticello, Willow Pond provides an ideal way to begin a Florida vacation or wind down and relax before the return trip home.
North Gilchrist County Florida
Ellie Ray's RV Resort & Lounge
Ellie Ray's RV Resort and Lounge Features Include:
RV Sites w/30-50 Amp Hookups.
Big Rig Sites.
Room for Slide-Outs.
No Shared Hookups.
Mostly Shaded Sites.
Primitive Camping Sites.
Family Fun Includes:
Spring-fed Swimming Area.
Floating Boat Dock.
Fresh Water Fishing.
Treehouse on the Santa Fe River
Step up to view life among the trees, and step above primitive camping in this protected, screened wood-hut.
Old Town Florida
Also called Guaranto Springs, Gornto Springs is owned by Dixie County. It is a pleasant 2nd magnitude spring just perfect for picnicking.
This 2nd-magnitude spring is a county-owned park with a man-made berm and culvert form an oblong pool that is 30-40 feet wide and 125 feet long before draining into the Suwannee River. Steps lead to the spring from both sides, and there is a platform on the south side that extends to provide a view of the vent. The water is clear and blue over the vent, and 10 feet deep. There is a parking area on the south side of the spring, and a picnic shelter on the north side.
Access: Take CR 349 north from Old Town, turn right on Rock Sink Church Road (CR 353) and follow it to the end.
Yellow Jacket RV Resort and Campground
Located on the Beautiful Suwannee River. Yellow Jacket RV Resort has a full range of amenities including:
Large RV sites and Pull Thru sites. Full Hookup 50A and W/E 30A sites. Rustic and Modern Tent sites.
Riverfront sites and Boat Dock
Deluxe Camping Cottages
Club House featuring heated pool and hot tub
Free Wireless Internet Access
Rest Rooms with Hot Showers
Camp tables and fire rings at each site
Firewood and Ice available for sale
Hidden Coast Paddling Festival
The Hidden Coast Paddling Festival ends in quaint Steinhatchee.
Join in for guided saltwater paddles, self guided tours and
Hidden Coast Paddling Festival
The Hidden Coast Paddling Festival ends in quaint Steinhatchee.
Join in guided saltwater paddles, selt-guided trip info and evening events
Rental of single and double kayaks, canoes,
bicycles, and golf carts.
Tours: Guided kayak & canoe trips, mountain bike tours,
sunset/sunrise tours and family fun trips.
Vacation rental available as well.
Suwannee and Horseshoe Beach Florida
Hidden Coast Paddling Festival
The 2013 Hidden Coast Paddling Festival will take place Oct. 4-6, and will feature many paddles, displays, seminars and evening events.
31st Annual Florida State Fiddlers Convention
Special guest artist: Multi-Instrumentalist Matt Brown
Friday-Sunday, October 14th-16th
Weekend and Day Tickets Available, Visit FSFA’s website at www.FloridaFiddler.org.
Camping is available and campers can receive discounted event tickets.
Call the park for reservations. 352-463-0800
Mid-Life Crisis & the Hot Flashes
Are you ready to Rock N’ Roll?
Returning by popular demand, Southern Rock band
MID-LIFE CRISIS & THE HOT FLASHES
Saturday, November 19th @ 7pm
Admission: $2/person, Campers are free!
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 463-0800
Trenton Trailhead - Nature Coast State Trail
Nature Coast State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Traversing Florida's beautiful Nature Coast region, this trail provides an excellent opportunity to experience the Sunshine State "off the beaten path."
Wakulla Springs Florida
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds.