Destination: Micanopy

By: Gary McKechnie


I love rambling around Florida and finding that, despite time and progress, some places have stayed pretty much the same.

One place that’s done it better than others is Micanopy, which you'll find about 12 miles south of Gainesville.

Maybe the saving grace of this square-mile town of 650 is that it sits right between two major highways (I-75 and US 441) but because it’s hidden from sight from each roadway you have to know about Micanopy to make the effort to find it.

And people have. Singer John Anderson used the town in the lyrics of his classic song, Seminole Wind. Michael J. Fox came here to shoot Doc Hollywood.

But it’s still a sleepy, Old Florida town where clothes dry on the line, folks ride horses down dirt roads and friends gather on front porches for conversation and to appreciate the simple life.

So drop on by to see the shops along Cholokka Boulevard. Visit the historic cemetery and walk the dirt roads and look around at the old oak trees and Spanish moss and think about doing something you haven’t done in a long while.

Taking it easy in Old Florida.

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