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7 Fabulous Gift Ideas for Backpackers & Hikers

7 Fabulous Gift Ideas for Backpackers & Hikers

Whether you are a casual hiker or serious backwoods hoofer, you should find something here that you want or need.

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8 Great Gift Ideas for Campers

A variety of great gift ideas for campers in several price ranges selected by our editors.

7 Great Gift Ideas for Kayakers

7 Great Gift Ideas for Kayakers

Every one who owns a kayak has additional needs. Maybe it’s a dry bag, paddle grips or maybe accessories for car racks. Check out this list of toys for the kayaker in your life.

Lake Kissimmee State Park Cow Camp fire

Lake Kissimmee State Park: Where Old Florida lives on

This large state park in a rural, out-of-the-way part of Central Florida, preserves Old Florida cracker history. It offers great hiking trails and camping plus lakes to explore by kayak or canoe. Wildlife, from deer to alligators to sandhill cranes to eagles, is abundant.

The starfish was one of many treasures found walking the beach.

South Florida hidden beaches: Salty, sandy adventures

It’s easy to find a beach in Florida. It’s harder to find a hidden beach, a beach where you experience a sense of discovery and delicious isolation. Here, however, I share my favorites, discovered over many years.

Lithia Spring Run at the Alafia River

Lithia Springs: Camp at this cool, secluded park near Tampa

Tucked into in a corner of Hillsborough County is a quiet, well-shaded campground that packs a lot of nature into a small 160-acre preserve along the Alafia River. And the camping is among the best in the Tampa Bay area.

Campsite at Kelly Park/Rock Springs.

Cool Camping Near Orlando: Kelly Park/Rock Spring

Kelly Park is best known for the hugely popular Rock Spring, but it also has one of the best campgrounds anywhere in the state. Summer visits require a bit of planning because of the crowds, especially on weekends.

Cracker Trail map courtesy of CrackerTrail.org.

Road Trips: A few of our favorite getaways

As you travel the state, you often find yourself on a scenic byway that bleeds “Florida.” Here are three getaways that are among Florida Rambler’s favorites.