5 Florida Autumn Activities That Will Make You Forget All About Colorful Leaves

Here in #NaturalNorthFlorida, we may not have the colorful foliage or crisp autumn air like our Northern friends do this time of year. But warmer weather means more outdoor adventures to be had without the need for hand warmers or woolly layers. Many of our favorite summer activities and destinations are just as fun in …

Natural North Florida Overcomes Hurricane Hermine

Hurricane Hermine comes ashore on Florida’s Big Bend, September 1, 2016 with minimal hurricane force winds. We’re a tough, resilient bunch in Natural North Florida.  When Hurricane Hermine hit just east of St. Marks in Wakulla and Jefferson counties on September 1, 2016 it had been a full decade since we’d had a similar event.  …

4 North Florida Destinations Worth Exiting I-10 For

If you’re road tripping across the country, exploring big cities like New Orleans or San Antonio, or simply heading to the beautiful beaches in the Florida Panhandle, you’re bound to spend a good deal of driving time on Interstate 10. The 330 miles across Florida from Pensacola to Jacksonville may seem lengthy at first. But …

Begin Your Cycling Adventure at Gainesville’s New Depot Park

At first glance, Gainesville’s new Depot Park seems to be just a great big playground.  It is, but for adults as well as kids.  The formerly-semi-industrial site of the Gainesville train depot, located on South Main Street, is also the Trail Head for the Gainesville-Hawthorne Bike/Hike trail that follows an old railroad route. The trail …

Headed West To Horseshoe Beach? Don’t Miss Lily Creek Store on Hwy 351

Located about halfway between Cross City and Horseshoe Beach, Fl, Lily Creek General Store and Cafe is a “must stop” if you think you’ll need any supplies for your vacation or fishing trip.  While there are some supplies available at the Horseshoe Beach Marina, you might consider stopping and browsing at Lily Creek Store before …

“More Than The Usual” at Horseshoe Beach Marina in Dixie County

Horseshoe Beach Marina USED to be pretty typical for a place that’s off the beaten path, on a stretch of Florida’s Gulf coastline that’s known for having lots of fish, but not much more.  Before it’s purchase by Dennis Buckley, the marina rarely had gas, and the operator was torn between his (very good) guiding …

Take A “Day-Cation” on Florida’s Santa Fe River at Ellie-Ray’s

If you’re boating on Natural North Florida’s Santa Fe River or just touring US129 in Gilchrist County, stop by Ellie Ray’s for lunch–or a fun weekend.  With plenty of RV sites, a huge boat dock, a restaurant as well as  a beautiful swimming pool, Ellie Ray’s is a must-see place on the Santa Fe River. …

Get Lost (Or Not!) At Dixie County Florida’s Shired Island

Dixie County has a few “roads to nowhere”, but Hwy 357 actually goes “somewhere”.  It runs from about the mid-point of Hwy 351 between Cross City and Horseshoe Beach to Shired Island.  Shired Island is bounded by Shired Creek and Johnson Creek and connected to “land” by a short bridge over Shired Creek. Once you …

“Mainline”: The Back Roads of Dixie County, Florida

Originally cleared years ago as logging roads in rural Dixie County, the Dixie Mainline and the Bowlegs Mainline are still a functional, albeit sometimes rough, set of roads. Now they shortcut  the long travel between Steinhatchee and Horseshoe Beach and Horseshoe Beach and Suwannee.  And they cross some beautiful backwaters and forests. For many years, …

Take a Houseboat Trip on Florida’s Mighty Suwannee River

One of Natural North Florida’s truly great adventures begins at Gateway Marina in the village of Suwannee, at the mouth of the mighty Suwannee River.  The river begins some 260 miles north, in the Okeefenokee Swamp of south Georgia, and is navigable about 70 miles from its southern end, at the Gulf of Mexico. Gateway’s …