White Springs: Florida’s Original Tourist Destination

Set among forests and a famous river in rural Hamilton County, White Springs, Florida doesn’t conjure the image of a bustling tourist town. As the town’s Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie describes it, you had to be there. “In the late 1800s and early 1900s, White Springs was the number one tourist destination in Florida because …

Paddle Suwannee River Wilderness Trail: October 18-23, 2019–65 Miles and 6 Days

Florida’s Suwannee River is one of the great features of our Natural North Florida region. It flows from the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, over 200 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s big, free flowing, has few hazards and is spectacular to view–and to paddle. Sponsored by Paddle Florida, this trip is popular, not only …

Unique Florida Art, Gifts and Decor…at “Catch The Drift” in Old Town

On your next visit to our Natural North Florida region, be sure to visit “Catch The Drift” in Old Town, near the Suwannee River in Dixie County.  There, owner Emery Mills will show you around her shop, where lots of unique and original Florida items are for sale.  Basically all the inventory revolves around native …

To By-pass….or Not By-pass? US301 By-pass Around Starke Relieves Traffic “Nightmare” in Bradford County

US301 is a major truck route through the center of our region, and in recent years it’s become a nightmare for visitors, especially those heading south from Interstate 10 at Baldwin, east of Jacksonville.  There’s no doubt that it’s easier to head down US301, especially if headed to Gainesville, but there’s always been a time-consuming …

Paddle Natural North Florida’s Suwannee River Wilderness Trail With Paddle Florida, October 19-24, 2018

North Florida’s  Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (SRWT) starts at White Springs and follows the river for 171 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. This fall’s 65-mile trip will start at Madison Blue Spring State Park and end at Ivey Memorial Park in Branford.  Expect fair fall weather and a downstream paddle, suitable for all levels …

Ride Levy County’s Goethe Forest by Horseback–An Orange Blossom Ranch Adventure!

  Levy County‘s Goethe State Forest is the perfect place for your next equestrian adventure.  The 53,398-acre forest is located near the gulf coast, south of Williston  Four trailheads are located on County Road 337. The main trail usage is equestrian, both riders and carts. Goethe is known for its population of red cockaded woodpeckers, …

Take A Walk On The “Wild Side”– In Gainesville’s City Limits–At Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park is about more than 125 acres of protected land near the intersection of South Main Street and Williston Road. The park is not only a place to connect with nature, it’s a way to protect our environment. Featuring wetlands and ponds, the park was created to improve the water quality of …

A Valuable Tool For Kayak Anglers! A Guide to Kayak Fishing Trails in the Nature Coast, From Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key

What’s  small enough to carry on a kayak, waterproof, and presents enough information about kayak fishing Florida’s Big Bend to keep any angler occupied for many months?  It’s the new guide to Kayak Fishing Trails in the Nature Coast, compiled by William Wolfson, a summer intern at Cedar Key’s UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. There …

Lake Butler, Florida–One of Natural North Florida’s Hidden Treasures

Florida’s Union County isn’t big.  In fact, it was originally part of several other counties, and its history can be confusing.  In an effort to simplify matters and not “rewrite history”, here’s a direct quote from the county’s current website: “The area that is now Union County, Florida was originally part of St. Johns County …

Starke, Florida Is Worth A Stop On Your Way South On US301 in Natural North Florida

The old Bradford County Courthouse, which now houses Santa Fe College‘s Starke Campus, is still the most imposing sight as you head into Starke on US301.  While this north/south route in Florida isn’t as popular as it used to be, it does offer an excellent shortcut for southbound travelers heading from I-95 and from Jacksonville, …