Northeast Florida

In the screened porch at Cross Creek, Rawlings' old manual typewriter and pack of Lucky Strikes look like she just stepped away.

Cross Creek: An island of Old Florida, home where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote ‘The Yearling’

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings came to Cross Creek and wrote the beloved story of a young boy and his pet fawn, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Today, visiting the author’s beautifully preserved home is an excellent way to discover the authentic Florida, far from the strip malls and theme parks.

Black Dolphin Inn

B&B: Black Dolphin Inn

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — A quaint Old Florida beach town is the setting for this elegant Spanish-style bed and breakfast overlooking the Indian River on Florida’s east-central Atlantic Coast.

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.

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.

Canoeing on the Tomoka River

Tomoka State Park: Gateway to the Ormond Scenic Loop

Hidden among tidal marshes, Tomoka River State Park offers a shady campground, miles of paddle trails, biking and hiking, productive fisheries, launch ramps and a well-stocked park concession with music on weekends.

Fort Clinch

Summer sojourn: Beach camping near Jacksonville

Jacksonville is blessed with eight really special state parks, but you can only camp at two of them — Fort Clinch and Little Talbot Island. Both are ideal destinations for outdoors summer recreation.

Coquina rocks line the shoreline at Washington Oaks State Park. (Photo by Bonnie Gross)

Washington Oaks Gardens beach: Beach with coquina rocks like sculpture

Florida has miles of beaches, but nothing like the beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Here, wind and surf have turned coquina rock into sculpture.