While it once covered a million acres of the Colonies, the Great Dismal Swamp, now protected by the Great Dismal Swamp NWR founded in 1974, encompasses 112,000 acres of pine uplands and cypress-tupelo swamps criss-crossed by ditches and levees used by loggers for more than a century.
If you’ve ever hiked along or near the St Johns River off SR 46 between Sanford and Mims, you know the landscapes are flat. Sometimes the braided river channels through this chain of lakes may have just enough elevation for an oak hammock, limbs gracefully arched over the marshy shallows. Sometimes the floodplain is a […]
When you reach the turnoff to continue north on the Florida Trail around Lake Okeechobee, you don’t quite reach the town of Clewiston. After all the heat and bugs while camping and cooking outdoors, the group decided to enjoy real food and a night in an air-conditioned, bug-free motel room. The owner gave us a […]
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Several years ago, while researching Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders, I stumbled across the newly opened Robinson Preserve in Palma Sola. Managed by Manatee County and directly across the road from Palma Sola Botanical Gardens, this preserve of mud flats and mangrove-lined shores has one of the best observation tower views in Florida, as well as […]