Articles written by: Bob Rountree

Bob Rountree

Bob Rountree wanders around Florida with his wife Kathy in their 24-foot travel trailer, exploring back roads, hidden beaches and scenic parks with kayaks, beach toys and bicycles in tow. A retired journalist, Bob is co-publisher of FloridaRambler.com.

Tiger Bay State Forest offers escape from the “roar of the engines”

Tiger Bay State Forest offers escape from the “roar of the engines”

DAYTONA BEACH — Tiger Bay State Forest is a vast wilderness quite close to Daytona Beach International Speedway, and it’s a great destination for camping, fishing, off-road bike riding, hiking and horseback riding.

Florida ‘low country’ found at Faver-Dykes State Park

Florida ‘low country’ found at Faver-Dykes State Park

Faver-Dykes State Park offers excellent access to the Pellicer Creek Paddling Trail, productive fishing and woodsy camping for small RV’s and tent campers. Just 15 miles from St. Augustine, the park is a gateway to history.

Pompano, Bradenton, Daytona top April seafood festival calendar

Pompano, Bradenton, Daytona top April seafood festival calendar

April’s festival calendar includes many of Florida’s most celebrated: Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Bradenton’s DeSoto Heritage Festival, and the Isle of 8 Flags Seafood Festival in Fernandina Beach, among others.

Memorial Day Weekend: Palatka Blue Crab Festival

Memorial Day Weekend: Palatka Blue Crab Festival

An authentic Florida seafood festival in an authentic Florida village on the St. John’s River near St. Augustine.

Amber waves of sawgrass

Hike ‘til you drop, and then hike back

A seemingly endless hike deep into the Everglades awaits you along the levee on the southern boundary of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge..

Anastasia State Park

Coastal treasure: Camp near stunning beach, historic city at Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park is a stone’s throw from historic St. Augustine and offers 139 shady, secluded campsites near a 4-mile long white-sand beach that shimmers in the sun.

Handy guides for exploring Florida’s outdoors

Handy guides for exploring Florida’s outdoors

Exploring Florida sometimes requires more than just a sense of adventure and the time to travel. These guides are essential tools to help you find paddling and hiking trails, campgrounds and where to experience the authentic Florida.

Lazy Day on the beach at Panther Key

Beach camping in the wild Ten Thousand Islands

EVERGLADES CITY — One of my favorite Florida getaways is to boat out to the outer islands and camp for a weekend on a remote, pristine beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico.