Fanning Springs Voted one of Florida’s Top Parks for 2010

Located on the Suwannee river, Fanning Springs is one of North Florida’s many first magnitude springs and is one of the most popular parks in Florida.  Voted number 18 of the top 25 Florida state parks, Fanning Springs offers many activities including swimming, canoeing, camping, hiking and biking.  Camping is available in both cabins and …

Fossilized Florida: A Guide to Finding Fossils in Florida’s Creeks

In North Florida, you’re never far from a fresh water creek. This is a lucky thing for those interested in archaeology and paleontology, as these creeks are some of the best places to find fossils, most notably shark teeth, ray teeth, and other bits and pieces of the fossil record.  Florida is a great place to find these fossils due to …

Join the Star Party at Cedar Key

Cedar Key’s annual astronomy event January 31-February 4 welcomes the public to scan the skies of the Gulfside town, where the lack of light pollution creates a star-gazer’s paradise. Volunteer astronomers will host free stargazing events at the Cedar Key Museum State Park on January 31 and February 4 with a slide show at 7 …

Visit the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

The Easton-Newberry Sports Complex is all about athletics, especially archery!  Indoor and outdoor archery events and tournaments are scheduled here year-round.  Participate or just come and enjoy watching other shoot.  They welcome beginners, seasoned competitors or folks just wanting to hone their archery skills.  This is a world class facility with a professional staff and …

R.O. Ranch: Mayo’s Equestrian Paradise

With 2,500 acres of unspoiled wilderness and miles of trails, R.O. Ranch in Lafayette County gives horse enthusiasts reason to cheer. The visitor’s center at R.O. Ranch is still under construction, but three trails are open, including the Steinhatchee Trail, a 6-mile jaunt that ends at the scenic Steinhatchee Falls. The 5-mile Home Trail is …

Plant Spotlight: Coontie

The coontie (Zamia pumilia) is a native Florida plant that many people are probably familliar with, but few can identify by name.  While today the coontie is almost exclusively found in landscaping, it used to be a fairly common wild plant.  Native Americans used to dig up these plants and use their roots to make flour.  European settlers …

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park: The Beginning of Blooming Season!

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is located right on the outskirts of Tallahassee, and offers year-round opportunities for visitors to experience outdoor Florida. The Park offers many different activities that should not be overlooked (see this post for details!) including several hiking trails, canoeing, swimming, fishing, and five miles of biking trails.  However, it is the gardens themselves that …

Manatee Springs State Park: Perfect in Winter

A trip to the springs is a no-brainer in hot weather, when the 72-degree water provides a welcome retreat from the heat. But camping at the springs is a lot more pleasant in winter and spring, even if swimming isn’t part of the attraction. So what do you do at Manatee Springs State Park in …

Plant Spotlight: Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is one of the most notorious and commonly found plants, but it can be difficult to identify for those who do not have much experience outdoors, as it comes in a variety of sizes and is easily confused with other plants.  The most commonly seen plants are the juveniles, and the leaves on these …