Your Florida State Parks Annual Pass–Cheaper Than a Gym Membership!

Florida’s State Parks are some of the best in the country, and our Natural North Florida region boasts some of the finest.  This year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the State Parks have begun a new initiative “Get Florida Park Fit”.  While there are several ways to take advantage of the Park …

Float The Santa Fe River, Then Enjoy Music at Rum 138 Outfitters, March 2, 2019, In Fort White, FL

  Doug Jipson and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson’s Rum138 Outfitters has become a gathering spot for paddlers and music lovers in southern Columbia County.  Located on CR138 (off US27, west of High Springs) at the corner of Rum Island Road, the building houses a thriving canoe and kayak rental/livery as well as some spectacular art. Out back, …

Iron Horse Mud Ranch, 2019 Events Schedule–This Much Fun Should Be Illegal!

Big powerful trucks, big wheels and tires, and lots of slimy mud–Mud boggin’ isn’t for everyone!  But if noisy engines and the chance of getting really dirty doesn’t bother you, a day at a “mud ranch” might be fun! 2019 events at Taylor County’s Iron Horse Mud Ranch begin in March with the IHMR Dysfunctional …

Third Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion–American Music Festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, March 21-24, 2019

Our Natural North Florida region is well known for some great music festivals and events.  After all, Gainesville “raised” Stephen Stills, Tom Petty, Bo Diddley and others.  But at the northern end of the region, at one of the largest venues, some great “American music” can be heard at several events held at Spirit of …

Discover UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station—Discovery Days at Cedar Key, FL–2019 Schedule of Events

If you’re headed to Florida’s Big Bend, don’t miss an opportunity to head down SR24 from Gainesville, through Otter Creek, and visit Cedar Key, in Levy County.  At the end of the road, you’ll see the new, 3-story, headquarters of the Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS).   As a research arm of the University of …

Florida’s 2019 Recreational Scallop Season, at Steinhatchee, Opens June 15th….Reserve Your Lodging at Sea Hag Marina 1/1/19~

  Scallop Season dates in Steinhatchee are June 15th-Sept. 10th! We will open our reservation calendars for Scallop Season 2019 on January 1st, 2019! (352) 498-3008 www.seahag.com

Enjoy Your R/V Adventure Along The Mighty Suwannee River

There are more options than just parking your R/V or setting up camp along the shores of the mighty Suwannee River.  Florida’s longest unobstructed (no dams or locks) river begins its journey in the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia and flows over 200 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. For the most part, the river …

Free* Kayak Eco Tours at Cedar Key

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Paul King, a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist, Tom Liebert at Kayak Cedar Keys and the folks at the University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station,  visitors can arrange free guided kayak Eco-tours of the area around the Cedar Key archipelago. Paddlers may bring their own boats or rent from …

Great Southern Biscuit Company Opens New Location in High Springs, Florida

It’s often said that it takes a brave (and sometimes foolish) individual to open a new restaurant.  As a food writer for Florida Sportsman magazine, I sometimes receive invitations to try new restaurants, and on many occasions they’ve closed before I get there.  I’m happy to say that what follows may be a success story! …