Northeast Florida

The Suwanee River will reward you with tranquility and beauty

Suwanee River: Skip the song; but go for kayaking & camping

If you think all there is to the Suwanee River is an old song with problematic lyrics, you’re missing out on one of Florida’s greatest kayaking, canoeing and camping rivers.

I do not think it is a coincidence that the Stephen Foster Museum at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park looks like a class Southern plantation.

Stephen Foster State Park: Glorious river; great cabins, odd old museum

This state park has superior cabins and is a great base for kayaking the Suwanee and hiking. It’s also home to an oddly dated museum on Stephen Foster. (We considered it a funky Florida find.)

Sugar mill at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park in Flagler County.

Bulow Plantation Ruins: 5 minutes off I-95 for romantic ruins, picnic & walk

When driving I-95, you can travel five minutes off the highway and find romantic ruins, have a picnic and a walk through the woods in this Flagler County state park. In minutes, you feel like you’re in another world.

Lake George State Forest.

Quiet time: Escape to lonely Lake George State Forest

There’s not much going on in Lake George State Forest, making it an ideal getaway for a few days of solitude along the St. John’s River.

10 Worthy Campgrounds Near Daytona Beach

10 Worthy Campgrounds Near Daytona Beach

With the Daytona 500 and Bike Week already upon us, it’s probably too late to find a camp site this year. Although it may be worth a phone call to see if there are any cancellations. At the least, you can plan ahead for next year.

Photo by stephg67 via Flickr

Azaleas bloom at Ravine Gardens; celebrated in festival March 3-4, 2018

It’s spring in Florida: Azaleas are blazing in white, lavender, pink and red at a Florida state park with a rich history.

Ocala National Forest

Biketoberfest: 5-plus cool, country rides near Daytona

Bikers from around the country converge on Daytona Beach each year for Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Here’s a rundown on the best rides through the authentic Florida near Daytona.

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation, part of a little known national park near Jacksonville, is a beautiful site that tells stories of slaves and slave holders that may surprise you.

The National Park Service has recreated Fort Caroline at a third scale on the St. Johns River.

Timucuan Preserve: The Florida national park you’ve never heard of

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is 46,000 acres of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks, but this national park also preserves fascinating Florida history.

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

This state park is so worth a drive to explore. It would take days to experience it all – a beautiful beach, an extra-long fishing pier, a well-preserved Civil War fort, hiking, wildlife, great camping.