Cyclists! Ride Through Scenic Levy County, Florida On The 2018 Tour de Melon, June 2

Cyclists!  Amateur and “professional” riders will enjoy the 64th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival and get to ride on a variety of routes through Levy County (20, 40, 60 miles on Rails-to-Trails paved Trail and 50, 100 mile road routes).  This is a ride for the entire family! Here’s the “scoop”: Choose from either a Century Route or …

Visit Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens Near Williston, Florida–It’s the “Pits”!

So….what do you do with a retired hundred-plus-year-old rock quarry?  If you want to create a masterpiece of flora and fauna, you move tons of rock and divert lots of water and build a park for visitors to enjoy.  That, in a nutshell, is the history of Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens, located just off …

A FEW WADE OR PADDLING OPTIONS FOR FISHING NATURAL NORTH FLORIDA’S GULF COASTLINE

Updated page, originally posted 10/7/17   While Florida’s Big Bend boasts the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the continental United States, it has surprisingly few places one can fish without a powerboat. There are several paddleboat launches, ranging from primitive to improved, but with no beaches or barrier islands, wade-fishing is a limited option. …

Plan Ahead For 2018–FWC discusses regional bay scallop seasons on Big Bend

This information may not be “official”, but our guess is that it will likely become so before Florida’s recreational bay scallop season begins in 2018: At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed draft changes that would create regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons and would allow a trial …

Big Bend Shellfish Trail–Florida’s Working Waterfront Communities

Shellfish harvest and consumption in Florida is an important facet of the maritime heritage of many coastal towns. Natural North Florida’s Big Bend has several towns that still harbor local shellfish fisheries. These working waterfront communities are places where present day fishers carry on the traditions of past generations. The Big Bend Shellfish Trail Map …

Big Parks, Big Springs–Small Parks, Small Springs–A Few Suwannee River Favorites!

The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home) words and music by Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864) FIRST VERSE Way down upon de Swanee Ribber, Far, far away, Dere’s wha my heart is turning ebber, Dere’s wha de old folks stay. All up and down de whole creation Sadly I roam, Still longing for de old plantation, …

Paddle Florida’s Big Bend Coastline At The 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure, October 11-14

If you’re an avid paddler, consider joining 99 others at the 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure.  This year’s 4 day trip will depart the Steinhatchee River and head south to Yankeetown, on the scenic Withlacoochee River.  On the trip, you’ll see wildlife and “Natural North Florida” at places like Horseshoe Beach, Suwannee, and Cedar Key.  …

Snorkel and Dive at Levy County, Florida’s Geologic Wonders

Natural North Florida’s geologic substructure is unique, with underground rivers that pop up at random in the form of 72-degree freshwater springs. Two examples are Devils Den and Blue Grotto in Levy County, near Williston.  Located just of ALT US98, these two private parks offer some of the most beautiful above-and-below ground scenery in the …

Don’t Miss These Two Levy County State Parks and Their First Magnitude Springs

Our Natural North Florida region has one of the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth, and two are located in Florida State Parks alongside the mighty Suwannee River in Levy County.  Famous for their flow of clean fresh water that’s a temperate 72-degrees Fahrenheit all year long, Manatee and Fanning springs are the centerpieces …

Levy County Florida’s State Parks Springs Are Worth A Wintertime Visit

Florida’s Levy County is mostly rural and is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico (on the west), the Suwannee River (on the north) and the Withlacoochee River (on the south).  There are 4 major Florida State Parks in the county–Manatee Springs, Fanning Springs, Waccasassa Bay Preserve and Cedar Key Museum. All are worth a day …