NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA TRAVEL GUIDE

North Central Florida Travel Guide is your free mentor through miles of mainly rural country, pine woods flatlands, coastal salt water marshes, and some of the most beautiful traditional Southern towns and buildings in America.

This part of Florida hugs the Georgia border like a baby does its mother.  You will see some of the most historic towns in the state, including Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Cedar Key.

North Central Florida includes 16 counties:  Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Hamilton, Columbia, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist, Union, Bradford, and Alachua.

In his book "Becalmed in the Mullet Latitudes", Al Burt named this part of the state Florgia.  The name still fits after all of these years:  half Florida, half Georgia.

Many of the Florida natives in these counties are descended from early settlers who came down from Georgia and South Carolina after the Civil War.  Many of them were Confederate veterans and sympathizers.  You will see many statues and memorials to Southern war heroes in the town squares.

Here is a Florida Road Map and a Florida County Map for your enjoyment.

These pages on our website list the many things to do and see in North Central Florida.


North Central Florida Travel Guide Features


DAY TRIPS AND SCENIC DRIVES

Click the link for scenic drives on the region's roads and a list of places to visit and things to do within 100 miles of Tallahassee and Gainesville.


ROAD TRIPS ON THE EAST WEST HIGHWAYS

The major roadway across North Central Florida is I-10 in the east-west direction.  It is located alongside the quieter more scenic US-90 whose roots extend back to the old Spanish highway of the mid 1500s.  This page gives you details of that route and other routes.


ROAD TRIPS ON THE NORTH SOUTH HIGHWAYS

Several state and county roads cross North Central Florida on their ways to the rest of the state.  This page shows you all of them.  I-75 is the major north-south roadway, and quieter US-41 follows the same route for much of its distance.



TOWNS

These pages include a brief history of the town along with my recommended motels, hotels and restaurants.  Each town page in this North Central Travel Guide includes an interactive Google map.


FISH CAMPS

There are dozens of rivers, lakes, and salt water estuaries in North Central Florida.  Some of them have lodging as well as fishing supplies.

  • Chattahoochee RV Campground - Chattahoochee
  • McIntosh Fish Camp - McIntosh
  • Twin Lakes Fish Camp - Cross Creek
  • Waccasassa Fishing Club - Gulf Hammock (Private)
  • Shell Island Fish Camp & Marina - St. Marks
  • Whippoorwill Sportsman's Lodge - Quincy

STATE PARKS

There are dozens of Florida State Parks in North Central Florida. Many of them have wonderful recreational facilities, and most of them have campgrounds as well.  Any North Central Florida travel experience will be enhanced by visiting one of these parks.


ANNUAL EVENTS


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


BEACHES

North Central Florida beaches are not generally of the white sand swimming kind seen in Chamber of Commerce brochures - or in the photo above of Cedar Key.  Florida travel brochures seldom feature these beaches.  Most of these beaches are marshy and muddy and not the best place for swimming or walking.

These beaches are worth visiting, however. They are part of a unique coastal marsh ecosystem with lots of tidal creeks. The beaches here are quiet and close to nature.

Many North Central Florida lakes have designated swimming beaches. It is important to swim in designated areas rather than taking your chances with alligators and water moccasins.


FESTIVALS


LIGHTHOUSES

  • (6) St. Marks
  • (7) Cedar Key

RESTAURANTS

These are some favorite restaurants reviewed in North Central Florida Travel Guide.


SEAFOOD FESTIVALS

  • Panacea Blue Crab Festival - Panacea
  • Cedar Key Seafood Festival - Cedar Key
  • St Marks Stone Crab Festival - St Marks
  • Annual Arts & Crafts Seafood Festival - Yankeetown

Click this link for dates.


WINERIES

  1. Dakotah Vineyards and Winery - Chiefland
  2. Monticello Vineyards and Winery, Monticello


Much of the information in our website is available in a series of books for each of Florida's 8 geographical regions, along with a separate book covering all 8 regions titled Florida Backroads Travel. All books are available both in Kindle and paper back.

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