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  • Keystone Heights, Florida

    Hike at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

    4.0
    7 mi / 70 ft gain
    Gold head branch state park has been called the grand canyon of Florida. It hangs on the north central ridge of Florida as some of the first land that came out of the sea, which is the reason for all of the Sandhill ecosystem. The ravine was created by the headspring and flow of the Gold Head Bra...
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  • Micanopy, Florida

    Sweetwater Wetlands Park Loop

    4.5
    3.46 mi / 256 ft gain
    Sweetwater Wetlands Park is over 125 acres of wetlands and ponds that were created to help improve the quality of water contained in the Paynes Prairie wetlands and the Florida aquifer. This initiative by the city of Gainesville has led to improved water quality as well as a place for people to c...
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  • Gainesville, Florida

    La Chua Trail

    4.6
    2.55 mi / 98 ft gain
    Located in Gainesville, FL this easy to moderate trail is approximately 3.1 miles round trip. Approximately a quarter of the trail is an elevated boardwalk that is handicapped accessible. Along the hike, you'll often see alligators, wild turkeys, wild horses, bison, and various migratory birds. ...
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  • High Springs, Florida

    Swim at Blue Springs Park

    4.5
    Blue Springs Park is a privately owned property that encompasses a few springs along the Santa Fe River, you can learn more here. The main, Blue Spring, has a large swimming area lined with white sand beach. The main feature is a 12ft high platform over the main spring. Since the spring is upward...
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  • Jacksonville, Florida

    Explore Durbin Preserve

    5 mi / 10 ft gain
    Just off of I-95 lies this beautiful network of trails through one of North Florida's more varied landscapes. The parking lot is easy to find just follow the gravel path off of Bartram Park Blvd. Parking and trail access is always free and is open year round unless there is a control burn. At the...
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  • High Springs, Florida

    Swim at Ginnie Springs

    4.6
    A few hours north and many worlds away from Disney, the Santa Fe River winds its way through the woods of north central Florida, headed for the Suwannee River. This is the real Florida. Although the river is dark during most of the year (except the dry summer months), there are dozens of crystal ...
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  • High Springs, Florida

    Dive Devil's Spring System: Eye and Ear

    5.0
    Nestled on the banks of the Santa Fe River, at the end of a long country road, six springs add a burst of clear water to the dark, winding river. These springs make up a park called "Ginnie Springs," a popular place for both locals and international visitors - and it's not just the clear water an...
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  • O'Brien, Florida

    Snorkel at Ichetucknee Blue Hole

    4.8
    At Ichetucknee Springs State Park, there are 2 main entrances - to get to Blue Hole (aka Jug Hole), go to the NORTH entrance. This is also where the main headspring is. If you accidentally go to the south entrance, you are only a few miles away, don't worry! Ask for directions at the guard shack....
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  • Williston, Florida

    Devil's Den

    4.6
    Located in central Florida, this prehistoric spring is a MUST to add on your bucket list. Devil’s Den is a cave that has an underground spring inside. The spring is crystal clear and is a stable 72 degrees F year round. This spot is well known to local divers as it’s depth is 200 feet. Open swimm...
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  • White Springs, Florida

    Hike to Big Shoals via Florida Trail

    4.3
    2.8 mi
    From the Bell Springs Trailhead, take the unmarked access road into the forest, where it meets with Florida Trail (blue blazes). Hop onto the Florida Trail. You will pass a pool created by Bell Springs, then turn right at the fork. The terrain becomes a bit trickier as you head into the forest, t...
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  • Silver Springs, Florida

    Hike the Bear-N-Oak Trail to Indian Lake

    1.4 mi
    The adventure begins at the main trailhead and parking area for The Bear-N-Oak hiking trail. Located on the East side of County Rd 35 just north of Baseline and Hwy 326 intersection. Grab everything in the packing list and prepare to enjoy a leisurely hike through some of Central Florida's most b...
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  • Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

    Explore Guana State Park & Wild Life Preserve

    5.0
    From the parking lot, which has a $3 entrance fee per car, you walk to the trail head and grab a small pocket sized map that does a good job of showing markers and mapping out the different path ways. This park has around 15 miles of regular trails and 25 when it's not hunting season. You can wal...
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Camping and Lodging in Starke

Starke / Gainesville N.E. KOA Holiday
Starke, Florida

Starke / Gainesville N.E. KOA Holiday

Group Landing
Sanderson, Florida

Group Landing

Fort McCoy / Lake Oklawaha KOA Holiday
Fort McCoy, Florida

Fort McCoy / Lake Oklawaha KOA Holiday

Salt Springs Recreation Area
Fort McCoy, Florida

Salt Springs Recreation Area

Lake Shore Group Camp
Silver Springs, Florida

Lake Shore Group Camp

St. Augustine Beach KOA Holiday
St. Augustine Beach, Florida

St. Augustine Beach KOA Holiday

Guides, Insights and Stories from Starke

Ultimate Insider’s Guide To Jacksonville: From "The Beaches" to Riverside

Ultimate Insider’s Guide To Jacksonville: From "The Beaches" to Riverside

Travels of Sarah Fay

A Family Paddle on Florida's Crystal Clear Ichetucknee River

A Family Paddle on Florida's Crystal Clear Ichetucknee River

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