Baltzell Spring

Made up of liquid pools of beauty on the edge of Florida Caverns State Park, Baltzell Spring is a compelling destination for spring hunters along the Chipola River in Marianna.
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Baltzell Spring

Merritt’s Mill Pond

Fed by first-magnitude Jackson Blue Spring and nearly a dozen smaller springs, Merritt's Mill Pond is a waterway unlike any other in Florida, its unusual hues trapped between rocky slopes and edged with moss-draped cypress trees.
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Merritt’s Mill Pond

Blue Springs Recreation Area

With a developed swimming area surrounding a first-magnitude spring, Blue Springs Recreation Area is a liquid playground in hues of blue, a broad open basin pouring forth a spring run with a dozen more major springs along its length.
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Blue Springs Recreation Area

Vortex Spring

Pouring out 28 million gallons of water a day, the crystalline depths of Vortex Spring in Ponce De Leon have intrigued divers for more than forty years. But it's not just about diving: the privately-owned spring is a summer destination for family fun in the water.
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Vortex Spring

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Florida Trail, Tosohatchee
Otter Cave Hammock Trail
Florida Trail, SW 49th Ave to Land Bridge Trailhead
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Churchhouse Hammock Trail, Crystal River

Newest Trails & Parks

Upper Chipola River

Baltzell Spring

Made up of liquid pools of beauty on the edge of Florida Caverns State Park, Baltzell Spring is a compelling destination for spring hunters along the Chipola River in Marianna.
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Merritt's Mill Pond

Merritt’s Mill Pond

Fed by first-magnitude Jackson Blue Spring and nearly a dozen smaller springs, Merritt's Mill Pond is a waterway unlike any other in Florida, its unusual hues trapped between rocky slopes and edged with moss-draped cypress trees.
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Jackson Blue Springs

Blue Springs Recreation Area

With a developed swimming area surrounding a first-magnitude spring, Blue Springs Recreation Area is a liquid playground in hues of blue, a broad open basin pouring forth a spring run with a dozen more major springs along its length.
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Diver in Vortex Spring

Vortex Spring

Pouring out 28 million gallons of water a day, the crystalline depths of Vortex Spring in Ponce De Leon have intrigued divers for more than forty years. But it's not just about diving: the privately-owned spring is a summer destination for family fun in the water.
Read More
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Latest Blogs & News

Enger Tower gardens

Finding Peace in a Garden

On a June trip to Duluth, the surprise discovery of a garden hidden in the woods along the Superior Hiking Trail helped ease the pain of losing a loved one.
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Kissimmee River levee breach

When the levee breaks…

...Mama, you got to move. And so it goes for the Florida Trail, as the flood-induced breach in a levee along the Kissimmee River south of KICCO means the trail must move in order for clear passage north from Kissimmee Prairie Preserve.
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Geneva 4th of July

Fourth of July in Geneva

For a heartwarming dose of old-fashioned Americana, visit the Central Florida community of Geneva for their 4th of July celebration, which starts at 9 AM. Bring a camp chair!
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Last of the Florida Trail Guide second edition

Sold out of The Florida Trail Guide

As of June 2017, we are SOLD OUT of The Florida Trail Guide, second edition. A third edition is currently in the works, and the Florida Trail Guide App is up-to-date as of this month!
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Latest Travels

Enger Tower gardens

Finding Peace in a Garden

On a June trip to Duluth, the surprise discovery of a garden hidden in the woods along the Superior Hiking Trail helped ease the pain of losing a loved one.
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Cascade River, Minnesota

Minnesota’s River of Waterfalls

Where its namesake river drops 900 feet in three miles, Minnesota's Cascade River State Park is a dramatic place to take a deeply wooded hike along Lake Superior's North Shore.
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Geneva 4th of July

Fourth of July in Geneva

For a heartwarming dose of old-fashioned Americana, visit the Central Florida community of Geneva for their 4th of July celebration, which starts at 9 AM. Bring a camp chair!
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