“The Granddaddy of All Tournaments”–Optimist Club of Perry Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at Steinhatchee, May 5, 2018

Now in its 27th year, the annual Optimist Club of Perry, FL Saltwater Fishing Tournament has become one of the largest fishing events on Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  While Perry is landlocked, it’s the county seat of Taylor County, which has some of the best saltwater angling in the state.  And appropriately, the event …

Monticello, Florida–Bike Fest, May 12, 2018

The 2018 Monticello Bike Fest will take place on Saturday, May 12 and will consist of a series of pro/am bicycle rides throughout beautiful Jefferson County, in Natural North Florida.  It’s a CAAM Tour Series Event, so you’ll rub shoulders with some seriouse cyclists from the southeast. Ride 10, 30, 60 or even 100 miles …

Alachu-Way or Alachu-Wuh?–A “Must Stop” Stop on Your Visit to Natural North Florida

If you’re driving south along Interstate 75 in North Florida, at about mile marker 410, you’ll cross the Santa Fe River and enter Alachua County.  The name of the county is pronounced “Alachu-Wuh”, derived from the Timucua word for “sinkhole” or “spring” which pepper the geography of the region.  There’s also a town, at the …

Florida State Bluegrass Festival, April 5-7, 2018, in Perry, Florida

One of the best events in the Southeast…The Florida State Bluegrass Festival.   Featuring three days of awesome bluegrass music by some of the most renowned artists in the country…a grand Chili Cook-off hosted by the Perry Police Department with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics and the Shop with a Cop program. There will also …

Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center–Take A Walk In Our Woods

With over 7 miles of trails and one of the last-remaining examples of a fire-dependent longleaf pine forest, Morningside Nature Center is an excellent outdoor destination–within the city limits of Natural North Florida’s largest city.  The largest of Gainesville’s nature parks, Morningside covers 278 acres and is easily accessed from East University Avenue and SR20. …

Join The Fun at The 2018 Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, February 16-18

If you’re looking for a fun event in the middle of what can be a (not necessarily cold) cool February weekend, take a ride to Natural North Florida’s Gulf coast and the fishing village of Steinhatchee.   The name, Steinhatchee, is derived from the Native Timicua name, Esteenhatchee, which means “River of Life”.  And Steinhatchee certainly …

Put On Your Walking Shoes and Tour The University of Florida’s Main Campus in Gainesville, Florida

    The main campus of the University of Florida is more like a city than a college campus.  Stretching miles in several directions, it’s home to over 50,000 students–plus the faculty and support staff that make the university one of the best in the country and certainly the “flagship” of Florida’s educational system. If …

Hey, Sports Fans! There’s History at the University of Florida’s Gainesville Campus

If you’re a sports fan, you’ll definitely want to stop by the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and pay homage to one of the greatest sports programs in the world.  Not only does UF excel in academics, but the sports teams are some of the best around. Start your tour by heading south on …

Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blue Springs is Now Florida’s Newest State Park, 11/1/17

Florida now has 175 State Parks, and everyone’s excited that the transition from private to public for Gilchrist Blue Springs is now  a “done deal”.  The property, which contains six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River, has been providing recreational opportunities as a private park since 1958. …

Shop ‘Til You Drop–or Just Dine and Stroll–In Beautiful Monticello, Florida

Monticello, Florida is about 20 miles east of Florida’s busy capital city, Tallahassee, at the intersection of US19 and US90.  It’s also about a thousand times more laid=back and a great place to visit, shop or dine in our Natural North Florida region. Monticello is the county seat of Jefferson County and boasts one of …