Title: North Central Florida, the original Florida :your guide & map to adventure.
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Title: North Central Florida, the original Florida :your guide & map to adventure.
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Shriners Annual Cane Grinding..............Wilcox
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Fesuval of the Lights.. .....................Lake City
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Florida Sports Hall of Fame
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F or a value-packed vacation, try our
warm southern hospitality and
experience our off-the-beaten-track
adventures. The scenery will
delight and challenge the camera buff
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Sarea's rich
and varied
heritage is
revealed in
the fine
examples of
found through-
out the region.

Hikers and backpackers can stretch their
legs on some of the state's best footpaths,
including sections of the
Florida Trail, a well-marked
hiking trail linking one end
of Florida to the other. The
changing seasons offer a "
panorama of natural scenery -
colorful fall foliage, vivid spring
wildflowers, lush summer
greens. You will often see
hawks, deer, gopher tortoises,
and other Florida wildlife along
the trails.

Rented bikes can be the key to your own
nature tour. Hundreds of miles of bike trails
and moss- draped country roads invite you
to explore the natural wonders
around every bend.

Camping areas are located along the
rivers, beside the springs, and under
massive oak trees throughout the area.
Public parks and private campgrouds
provide a variety of accommodations,
from wilderness campsites to RV resorts
with all the amenities.

Canoe outposts throughout the region
will equip you for a canoe trip, pick you up
at your exit point, and shuttle you back to
your car.

The Original Florida is gaining wide
popularity with bicyclists who have dis-
covered the many lightly-traveled roads
and miles of wooded public trails. Touring
companies in the area offer tours, rentals,
and routing information.

Plunge into a freshwater paradise in the
multitude of springs along the Suwannee,
Santa Fe, and
Rivers. The
clean, crystal-
clear waters of
the springs are
magnets for .. .
swimmers and
caves and
caverns found
in many of the
springs attract
cavern and

SFrom shore or boat, the thrill ofhooking "one
As fr Trophyfish are common in our lakes, rivers
As for and in the Gulf of Mexico.
eager to wet a line, try any of our rivers or
the local lakes and ponds for bass, brim, or
catfish. Boat ramps, and bait and tackle
shops are found in many locations. On our
coast, uncongested waters challenge even
the most seasoned anglers.

Shopping for unexpected treasures is
part of the fun of visiting our towns, where
you will find shops filled with enticing
bargains in collectibles and antiques,
affordable souvenirs and gifts, country
arts and crafts.

A s you drive along our region you'll come
to places where you will discover the
unique pleasures of this part of Florida.
Whether traveling on the interstate or
any of our beautiful rural roads, there are plenty of
reasons to stop and explore.
On the northern part of the region, below the State
border is Jasper, home of the Hamilton County
Historical Museum. Nearby is
White Springs, a charming
community with many
historic buildings such as
the Telford Hotel located on
the Suwannee River, where
the wealthy and famous
vacationed during the turn of
the century. This quaint small
town is a major draw for
canoeists and bicyclists.
While in White Springs
visit the Stephen Foster
'e Stephen Foster State Folk Culture State Folk Culture Center,
Centers one of many parks a wooded park on the
sure to interest the wholejfamily Suwanee River which
honors the composer who immortalized the river
through his song "Old Folks At Home." Florida folk
crafts are displayed and demonstrated year round on
the park's crafters' square.
Lake City is the location of the new Florida Sports
Hall of Fame and Florida Tourist Welcome Center.
While in Lake City visit the
Columbia County Historical
Museum located in an 1870s
home furnished with authentic
period antiques and Civil War

A 4dv4 kAve e from Lake City is the Olustee
Battlefield State Historic Site, scene of the Battle of
Olustee in 1864 and the location of the battle's
annual reenactment. The battlefield is located
within the Osceola National Forest, with pine
flatwoods, cypress swamps, a lake, and
miles of nature trails where native
Florida wildlife roam free.
Travel to Live Oak, along the
historic DeSoto Trail, the route
taken in 1539 by Hernando
DeSoto and his Spanish troops
as they searched in vain for gold
and treasure. In Live Oak enjoy
the regional architecture and visit
the new Suwannee County
Historical Museum located in a former
train station.
North of Live Oak is the Spirit of the
Suwannee Park where country-western, igh-tech explo-
bluegrass, and gospel music festivals are clearon ocrysal
held year round. miles of under-
Roads leading to Madison take you beckon divers
through peach orchards, scenic tree around the world.
farms, and tobacco fields. The classically Theguf coastof
beautiful homes in Madison, such as the The original
Wardlaw-Smith Mansion on Base Street, Flortida is unlike
your preconcep-
are reminders that this was once a cotton tons, uncrowded
plantation society. Nearby, Cherry Lake and unspoiled.
and Blue Springs on the Withlacoochee River, are
great places for a family picnic and a dip in the
cool waters.
For a sense of life gone by, visit the
authentic Cracker farm at the Forest
Capital Museum in Perry, a city known
The mixture ofFlorida Cracker and antebellum create
styles of architecture as interesting as our culture.

for its timberlands, turpentine, and sawmills.
To TA 4 4 you will enjoy the Original Florida
Gulf Coast. These shorelines, hidden coves, and
bayous offer a fishing-village
ambience and sheltered waters for
scalloping, boating, and saltwater
fishing. Try Keaton Beach and
Steinhatchee to experience some
of the best sunset vistas and
seafood restaurants around.
These friendly fishing commun-
ities offer visitor services such
as marinas, charter and guided
fishing, and victorian-style
condo rentals.
Travel to Old Town,
site of the "City of
Hawkinsville" Under-
water Archaeological
Preserve. On the bot-
tom of the Suwannee
River, and accessible
to divers, are the
remains of a paddle-
wheel steamship
which sunk in the
early 1900s. The
Town of Suwannee
at the mouth of the Suwannee River, is a great place
to rent a houseboat, a canoe, or a fishing boat and
explore the river delta or the Gulf shoreline, which
is still much as it was during the days of Florida's
early settlers. From Suwannee, boaters may take
a leisurely ride upstream for water access to
nearby springs.
DN4 Manatee Springs State Park, a family

recreation area, where gentle manatees are often
seen playing in the cool, clear water. Travel
through Fanning Springs on CR 232 to Hart Springs,
a family-oriented campground located on the
Suwannee River.
Trenton is the home of the West Central Florida
Railroad and the site of an authentically restored
train depot.
Branford, a diving mecca, is well known to divers
from many countries who come to dive the springs
and explore the caverns of a vast underwater world.
Diving instruction and guided tours are available
from master dive instructors in Branford and nearby
dive shops.
West of Branford is Mayo whose percentage of
Irish descendants is one of the largest in the country.
A short distance from Mayo, off Convict Springs
Road, is Jim Hollis' River Rendezvous, a popular
camping resort located on
the Suwannee River.
Cool cP at the Ichetucknee
Springs State Park, a delightful
spot to learn the easy art of
"tubing" on a crystal-clear river
that carries you gently through a
pristine hardwood forest.
Lewe tlety o et to sample
the other outstanding springs in
the area. Choose a campsite such
as Ginnie Springs, a camping
resort with a dive shop and
equipment rentals. Or retire in
the delightful ambience of one
of the many bed and breakfast
inns nearby. This area has
become very popular with canoeists,

bicyclists and nature lovers.
East of the Santa Fe River is historic
High Springs, an outstanding community of
antique shops, arts and crafts studios, bed
and breakfast inns, quaint cafes, and historic
buildings. High Springs has blossomed as a tourist
attraction because of its historic renovations and
old-time charm.
North of High Springs is O'Leno State Park
where the Santa Fe River disappears into a sinkhole
and flows underground for nearly three miles
before resurfacing.
A At < e vc will take you to Lake
Butler, where you can admire the many historic
homes or fish in the lake which gave the town its
name. In nearby Starke, visit the collection of curio
shops along historic Call Street. Or browse through
the Gene Matthews Historical Museum where you
can learn about Starke's colorful role as a play-
ground to WWII soldiers stationed in Camp Blanding.
Stop at the old railroad town of Waldo to
browse in its red brick antique
shops and large flea market,
then on to the friendly town of
Hawthorne. While in this area
try fishing in one of the many
lakes such as Orange and
Lochloosa, renowned for their
abundance of bass. In
Hawthorne pick up the eastern
end of the 15-mile Gainesville-
Hawthorne State Trail, a popular
pathway for hikers, cyclists and
horseback riders. The trail, a
converted railroad route, borders
the edge of Paynes Prairie, a

towns brimming
with antiques
and undiscovered
treasures.. The
Original Florida
will keep you
busyfor days.

state-owned wildlife sanctuary with wild stallions,
bison, deer, alligators and a variety of migratory
Gainesville, home of the University of Florida, is
the cultural capital of north central Florida. The city
also offers an outstanding range of collegiate sports
and athletic events. The Florida Museum of Natural
History is located on the campus, as are the Harn
Museum of Art and the new Center for the
Performing Arts. Downtown Gainesville is a lively
entertainment complex with the Hippodrome Theatre,
sidewalk cafes, night clubs, artists' studios, fine
restaurants, cozy pubs, and open air festivals.
A ew A w4e of Gainesville is historic
Micanopy, a charming community which is gaining
popularity with Hollywood film makers. A stroll
down its shady streets will lead you to an array of
hand crafters and antique shops full of treasures of
yesteryear. Southeast of Micanopy is the Cross
Creek home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of
The Yearling and many other
famous novels.
Travel north of Gainesville to
the town of Alachua to enjoy the
shops and restaurants on historic
Main Street. Towns of Newberry
and Archer, each offer their own
style and country charm.

Exchange glances with our many animal
friends who make this region their home.

Our many rivers invite you to swim, canoe, fish, A t d.
explore, camp, photograph and stay another day.

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