The La Chua Trail, Sandhill Cranes, Alligators, and More!

The La Chua Trail is on the East side of Gainesville, and is one of the best locations in the area for winter wildlife viewing.  The trail is located on Paynes Prairie which is home to many different species which can be viewed from the platform at the end of the trail.  The sandhill crane …

San Felasco Hammock: Two Hikes, One Great Trip

San Felasco Hammock is a 7000 acre preserve that hosts one of the few remaining mature forests in the state of Florida.  Located just outside of Gainesville, San Felasco makes a great day trip for casual hikers and pet owners.  There are two different trail options on the North Side of the Park, the Moonshine …

Horses Welcome at Bronson’s Black Prong

It’s not just any resort that offers a private barn adjacent to your room. At Black Prong Equestrian Center, located in Bronson, horses are just as welcome as people. Equestrian enthusiasts flock here for its nine dressage arenas, cross-country and marathon courses, on-site trainers and the 150 miles of trails in the adjacent Goethe State …

Nature Coast State Trail Part 3: Fanning Springs to Trenton

Part 1: Fanning Springs to Cross City Part 2: Fanning Springs to Chiefland The Nature Coast State trail is a 32 mile trail that runs through Dixie, Gilchrist, and Levy counties.  For casual bikers, the trail is easily divided into three shorter pieces.  The third and final chunk of the trail is a 7 mile …

Nature Coast State Trail Part 2: Fanning Springs to Chiefland

Part 1: Fanning Springs to Cross City The Nature Coast State Trail follows the track of a former railroad, and the 32 mile trail can be divided up into three separate mini-trails perfect for casual bikers and hikers.  Part one of this series covers the 12 mile track from Fanning Springs to Cross City and can …

The Nature Coast State Trail, Part 1: Fanning Springs to Cross City

In the late part of the fall, the weather in North Florida becomes perfect for hiking and biking.  The temperature stays mild, and rainy days are few and far between.  The Nature Coast State Trail, formerly known as the Nature Coast Greenway, is a 32 mile trail that winds its way through Gilchrist, Dixie, and Levy …

Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun: The Gainesville-Hawthorne trail

Thanksgiving, a day of indulgence, a huge feast with friends and family where the average American eats nearly three times as much as they normally would.  The day before is usually spent in half-starved anticipation, and the day after is usually spent rolling around in regret and thinking that perhaps that extra serving of sweet-potato casserole wasn’t …

Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is located in Alachua County just outside of Gainesville, Florida and is an amazing place to visit year round.  It is one of the largest sinkholes in the state, at 120 feet deep and 500 feet across at the top.  A wooden boardwalk provides access to the bottom of the sink, and …

Capt. Tommy Thompson, Natural North Florida’s Fishing, Food and Family Events Expert

Capt. Tommy Thompson is a licensed USCG  boat captain and outdoor writer.  He was previously executive director of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and as an outdoor journalist specializing in saltwater fishing, he frequently contributes to such magazines as Florida Sportsman and Shallow Water Angler.  He currently writes the monthly Big Bend Action Spotter column …

Welcome to Natural North Florida!

Our twelve-county region is rich in natural beauty, geologic wonders, rivers, springs and miles of untouched Gulf of Mexico coastline.  And for those of you less inclined to head outdoors, there are events and activities almost every day, and in almost any corner of the region,  for visitors of all ages.  We hope you’ll enjoy …