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Gainesville is the proud home of the University of Florida. And for some people, that’s the beginning and end of the story.
But a few minutes spent on this site, followed hopefully by a visit sometime in the near future, and the story changes in a big way. Gainesville isn’t just a great college town. It’s a great town. Period. It’s where nature and culture meet. Where trees draped in Spanish moss line quaint Old South inspired streets. Where a cozy quintessential downtown exudes hospitality, comfort, and at times, a certain refined ease in its shops and restaurants. Where state parks are a virtual playground of world-classnatural attractions, sinkholes, waterways and waterfalls, shady pine forests, flora and fauna, and amazing natural north florida sunsets. And where the surrounding towns like High Springs, Alachua, Cross Creek and Micanopy dial-up the charm even further each in their own individual way.  Looking for iconic locations in Gainesville to take photos? We’ve got you covered.

The lands which are now Dixie County have a rich history. With the Steinhatchee River on the west and the Suwannee River on the east, it was prime land for the Native Americans and early settlers. According from one source, the first white man to come to the Dixie area was in 1820, a young man named George Miller who was from North Carolina.

He became friends with Suwannee and Bowlegs, Native Americans, and sons of Chief Tigertail and his wife, Suwannee, of the Seminole tribe, who settled in the region around Lake Miccosukee near what is now Tallahassee. With the blessings of the Indians, Miller settled in the area. He planted corn and peanuts and raised cattle and hogs. Ten years later he was to die from malaria and buried into what is now known as Old Town.

Gilchrist County, Florida offers tourist attractions like crystal clear springs, perfect for swimming, tubing, snorkeling and cave diving. If fishing is more your style, the Santa Fe & Suwannee Rivers offer up a wide variety of catches such as bass, catfish and sunfish. Many of our parks offer rentals of canoes, kayaks and tubes. For the land lover, we offer scenic trails for hiking, cycling, walking, jogging, bird watching, horseback riding, and in general, a wide array of nature-related activities. Whether you are looking to go camping or hook up your RV, our Natural Escapes are part of the all-family oriented entertainment that you can enjoy in Gilchrist County. Add to all of that, the warmth of our Southern Hospitality, and you have the perfect vacation spot!

Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the State of Georgia, Jefferson County is called Florida’s Keystone County. Jefferson County is located between two large and exciting communities; Tallahassee, Florida and Thomasville, Georgia. Accessible by the Florida-Georgia Parkway, Interstate 10 and other major roads, Jefferson County is a small, quiet and relaxing community. Jefferson County welcomes you in a special “southern” way. Come visit us. Relax, prop your feet up and sit a spell.

Lafayette County welcomes vistiors to explore our area through learning about our businesses, our schools, our government, our local activities, and our churches.

Discover your next adventure in a world of natural wonders far beyond the hustle and noise of man-made attractions. Outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen have long found a wealth of opportunities within the boundaries of Levy County. Word has spread about this diverse, unspoiled region known as “Florida’s Natural Paradise” where the human population is dwarfed by the multitude of birds and wildlife that call the area home.

If you are looking for a hometown atmosphere where the pace is slower, hunting and fishing are plentiful, and nature is in abundance, then our community is what you are seeking.

Bradford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,520. Its county seat is Starke.

Wakulla County might be renowned as a “Sportsman’s Paradise,” because of the wealth of unique outdoors activities offered within our county lines. But, did you also know there are an abundance of locally-crafted products created in Wakulla County that are equally famous?

From world-renowned tupelo honey and sugarcane syrup to one-of-kind arts and crafts — or locally made sauces, jams, and seafood creations — visitors can certainly pick up tasty and unique mementos of their time in Wakulla County.

– See more at: http://www.visitwakulla.com/Made-in-Wakulla#sthash.djFNOX0C.dpuf

We invite you to learn more about Columbia County, our location, government, programs, services and cultural/recreational opportunities and we hope that you will visit us often.

Offering a beautiful country backdrop to history, culture, and nature gives us the reason to boast that “Our Attraction Is Only Natural.”

Madison County is home to our Four Freedoms Park where the Four Freedoms Monument resides to symbolize the four freedoms outlined in a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and salutes our very own hometown Hero, Capt. Colin P. Kelly, the first hero of World War II. Our rich architectural history shines with the stately Madison County Courthouse, circa 1912, and the real life “To Kill A Mockingbird” style courtroom still in use today. Guided walking tours are available of our downtown historic district that includes Madison’s oldest home, the Livingston House, circa 1836, many historic markers and churches. We even have a classic steam engine that was in service in 1919 and is still operational today!

Located in North Central Florida, Union County has a population of over 15,000 residents. Its economy relies on agriculture, timber, trucking and the Florida Department of Corrections. The Union County School System is comprised of one high school, one middle school, one elementary school, an alternative school and adult education. With an “A” ranked school district, state-of-the-art emergency management, in county health services and a user friendly library, Union County is a great place to live and raise a family.

Located in North Central Florida, Hamilton County sit can be found. Often called a “peninsula within a peninsula,” the county is separated from the rest of the state by the Withlacoochee River on the west and the beautiful Suwannee River to the east and south. The state of Georgia can be found to it its north.

Welcome to Florida’s Suwannee County, where unparalleled natural beauty and spectacular recreation compliment a rich historical background, southern charm and warm hospitality. Discover unspoiled lands, sparkling scenic rivers and small-town warmth and friendliness. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike revel in opportunities for adventure as well as serenity and relaxation. Freshwater springs and rivers offer diverse forms of water play, from diving and snorkeling to canoeing and tubing. Year-round festivals and special events attract thousands of visitors, local residents and artists to celebrate Florida roots and cultural heritage.

elcome to Florida’s Suwannee River Valley, where unparalleled natural beauty and spectacular recreation compliment a rich historical background, southern charm and warm hospitality. Discover unspoiled lands, sparkling scenic rivers and small-town warmth and friendliness. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike revel in opportunities for adventure as well as serenity and relaxation. Freshwater springs, lakes and rivers offer diverse forms of water play, from diving and snorkeling to canoeing and tubing. Year-round festivals and special events attract thousands of visitors, local residents and artists to celebrate Florida roots and cultural heritage. And shoppers delight in the numerous antique and collectible stores that beckon with a wealth of unique trinkets and treasures.

With a host of outdoor, cultural and family attractions set against a glorious backdrop of winding rivers, lush wildflowers and native wildlife. Florida’s Suwannee River Valley offers vacation experience you’ll never forget.

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