The North Central Florida day trips and one tank trips recommended on our website are off the beaten path and show you why north Florida is considered southern in culture. I-10 is the major east-west interstate in this region and crosses Florida from Pensacola to Jacksonville.
The exits along I-10 are jammed up with fast food restaurants, gas stations and motels. This is the way to go if you are in a hurry and don't care much about scenery.
The town signs you do see at these exits usually point to towns a few miles off the super highway. You begin to have fun and see Old Florida when get off the interstate and hookup with the less traveled Florida backroads.
There are many state and county highways off the interstate that offer better scenery and a look at real towns. In Florida, some backroads are even four-laned.
Shown below are a few North Central Florida day trips that I recommend.
If you are more interested in destinations than driving routes, see Tallahasse Florida Day Trips
US-98 from Panama City to Carabelle through Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. Great white beaches and ocean views. About 80 miles.
US-441 from Gainesville to Micanopy across Paynes Prairie south to the Alachua/Marion County Line. This is known as "The Old Florida Heritage Highway". You will see wildlife, rolling hills, antiques and art along this corridor. About 12 miles.
From US-441 at Micanopy go east on SR-346 until you come to SR-325, then go south to Cross Creek. This is the village where Majorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote The Yearling and other great stories about Florida crackers and their lives. About 10 miles. A great little side trip is south to Evinston and the Wood & Swink general store and post office.
From Cross Creek go east on Country Road 325 to Island Grove and go across US-301 on SE 219 Avenue. After a couple of miles you come to SE 225 Road, a well maintained country dirt road. Keep going another couple of miles to the right fork of SE 189 Avenue. You will find Antioch Cemetery, the final resting place of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her husband, Norton Baskin. About 8 miles.
The Suwannee River Trip from North to South. Take CR-136 and SR-136 through Live Oak to Dowling Park. From Dowling Park take SR-250 across the river to County Road 251. South on CR-251 south to US-27. South on US-27 to just west of Branford. South from just west of Branford on CR-349 and SR-349 through Old Town just west of Fanning Springs to Suwannee. You will never be far from the Suwannee River but sometimes on one side or the other with bridges many miles between. Click here for information on the towns you will pass through.
Use the interactive Google map below to help you see closeup details of the trips described above.