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 …