Spend The Night and Spread Your Wings From Perry, Florida

Perry, in Florida’s Taylor County, is known as the “Forest Capitol of the World”. And rightly so, as for many years the smell of the local paper mill was the giveaway that this small city was more important than just a “wide spot in the highway”. But now, with the Foley mill is now turning …

The Best of The Best–Florida Stone Crabs

Crabs are a favorite of American diners. There are Dungeness crabs on the Pacific coast and blue crabs from Maryland to the Carolinas. But there’s no crab like Florida’s stone crab, Menippe mercenaria. Found off both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, stone crabs are not killed during the harvest of their claws. Harvesting is accomplished …

Megalodon–and More–at Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville

I recently saw “The Meg”, a terrible sci-fi movie based around the reemergence of an extinct super-sized shark and its proclivity for biting submarines. Fun, but fiction! 100 million years ago, the “Meg” did exist. It roamed the seas and feasted mainly on large mammals, like whale. Now, all that’s left of it is a …

Spend The Night and Spread Your Wings From Lake City, Florida

Lake City, Florida is more than a convenient stop for travelers to the state at the junction of I-75, I-10 and US90. It’s the county seat of Columbia County and a great place to stay a few days to explore many of Natural North Florida’s wet and wild wonders. I’m not sure exactly when it …

Highlights Of Your Paddling Adventure On Florida’s Mighty Suwannee River

Our Natural North Florida region is blessed to have the Suwannee River as its main freshwater attraction. Yes, we have no crowded beaches or amusement park, but we have Florida’s longest free flowing river. There are no dams and just a few obstructions along its path from White Springs to the Gulf of Mexico. While …

LET’S GO FISHING ON FLORIDA’S BIG BEND! LESSON #3: SPOTTED SEA TROUT

On Natural North Florida’s Big Bend, there’s no argument about the most popular and sought-after fish. Without doubt, it’s Spotted Sea Trout. In terms of sheer numbers, they outnumber all other species, with the exception of bait fish, upon which they prey. And they’re great table fare, too! Another reason Spotted Sea Trout are popular …

Park Your RV—and Enjoy The Chiefland, Florida “Neighborhood”

Located in northern Levy County, just south of the Suwannee River, is a naturally diverse county. It has springs, State Parks, and Chiefland, its largest city, offers plenty of amenities valuable to RV’ers heading to Natural North Florida. Five RV parks come to mind when thinking of staying in Chiefland. Four are close in, and …

RV ALERT! Heading To Natural North Florida in 2021? Plan Ahead!

Jayco? Wanderlodge? Casita? What’s your RV? No matter your “ride”, you’ll find our Natural North Florida region perfect for outdoor living. But, be aware that some of our RV parks and campgrounds fill up quickly and often take reservations well in advance. That’s especially true of our Florida State Parks and at private campgrounds near …

LET’S GO FISHING ON FLORIDA’S BIG BEND! LESSON #2: SNOOK

Story by Capt. Tommy Thompson Until recently, there was nothing “common” about catching common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) on our Big Bend Gulf of Mexico coast. Historically (at least in my 70 years!) snook were pretty much limited by cooler water to the Gulf of Mexico south of Anclote Key in Tarpon Springs. But, in the …

LET’S GO FISHING ON FLORIDA’S BIG BEND! LESSON #1: COBIA

Story by Capt. Tommy Thompson Cobia, or ling, are a species of fish found both inshore and offshore in Florida. They’re terrific fishters and when the fight’s over they’re excellent table fare. 8iuccessful cobia hunters make a point of idling around every channel marker they encounter.  Big tripod-style markers are few and far between, but …