North Florida provides a quiet getaway for outdoor recreation, with a fine focus on rivers and springs. As the authors of Explorer’s Guide: North Florida & The Panhandle, we’ve spent a great deal of time exploring the outdoors here. This region has some of the more rugged trails in the Florida peninsula, with a surprising number of destinations where a scenic view is at the end of your walk.
Most of the world’s first magnitude springs bubble forth in this region, forming crystalline spring runs and short, broad rivers. The Suwannee River and St. Johns River have many miles of protected shorelines. With a wild coastline on the Gulf of Mexico and a highly developed coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, North Florida offers a full range of beach experiences, with vast estuaries and sweeping scenic views. In the central part of the region, two National Forests offer plenty of outdoor recreation – the Ocala National Forest and the Osceola National Forest. From Jacksonville to Gainesville and Cedar Key, you’ll find plenty to explore in these wild outdoors.
Recommended trails in North Florida.
Beyond trails: natural destinations such as state and national parks, beaches, campgrounds, gardens, paddling runs, scenic drives, and springs in North Florida, along with ecotours, wildlife, and historic and cultural sites.
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