The “Hart” of Gilchrist County: Hart Springs

Open year round, Hart Springs in Gilchrist County is located just off of the Suwannee River.  Hart springs is a beautiful place, and is tends to be less crowded than other springs in the summer time, because it is a bit off the beaten path.  There are many activities available at Hart Springs, like fishing, …

Biking St. Marks

A town as scenic, laid-back and traffic-free as St. Marks just begs to be explored on two wheels. Biking allows you to hop off and explore the places you notice along your meandering route, and you’re far more likely to notice them when you’re traveling at a relaxed pace in the open air instead of …

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Located just outside of Gainesville on Archer road is Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  With the weather just starting to turn from winter to spring, Kanapaha will soon be back in full bloom.  There are approximately 1.5 miles of paths that wind through the gardens, and most of these paths are wheelchair accessible.  There are 24 major collections …

Spotted in Steinhatchee

You never know what a day in Steinhatchee will show you, from pirate-inspired fashion to a choice waterfront hangout or a new place to enjoy the invariably gorgeous Steinhatchee sunset. Here’s a sampling of the sights and sounds (and, in a subsequent post, tastes) of a day in this serene and surprising Gulf Coast town. …

San Marcos de Apalache: A Peaceful Spot with a Turbulent History

This park doesn’t look like much from outside: In fact, you could walk right past it without ever realizing the fascinating, turbulent, globe-sweeping history it contains. But step inside San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park in St. Marks, and you’re swept up in a story that begins in 1528. That’s when Panfilo de Narvaez …

O’Leno State Park: Hiking, Camping, Biking and more!

O’Leno State Park is located on the Santa Fe river, and was one of Florida’s first state parks.  O’Leno was constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and much of their work can still be seen around the park, including a recreation hall, and a suspension bridge that crosses the Santa Fe river.  O’Leno offers many activities …

Shell Island Fish Camp in St. Marks: Not Just for Fishermen

For me, fishing is mainly an excuse to be around boats and water. Catching something is almost irrelevant. Nevertheless, I love staying at Shell Island Fish Camp when I visit St. Marks. You can’t beat toddling down to the marina’s store for a cup of coffee and enjoying it on the docks as the sun …

Get Outdoors Florida! Targets ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’–We’ve Got the Cure!

Come to Natural North Florida and get cured of ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’. The Get Outdoors Florida! coalition is an union of public and private partners that include federal and state land managers; state conservation, health, and education agencies; educators; healthcare providers; non-profits, and businesses. These groups realize an imperative need to reconnect communities, families and …

Plant Spotlight: Cabbage Palm

The cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) is Florida’s state tree, and is also one of the most easily recognizable trees.  It can be found nearly everywhere in Florida and is commonly used in landscaping.  Cabbage palms are easily identified by the shape and size of their leaves.  The leaf of a cabbage palm is very broad …