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Amelia Island State Park is one of the few places you can ride horses on the beach in Florida.
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Top Parks and Preserves

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When it comes to places to play outdoors, northeast Florida has a little bit of everything. In this section of Florida, it’s a breeze for nature lovers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts to find great Read More »

  1. Hiking
  2. Action Packed
  3. Adventure
The boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples is a great place to observe Florida's natural beauty.
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Florida's Outdoor Hot Spots

Written by:Kevin Mims
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Sometimes you want to rough it, and sometimes you don’t. Either way, Florida’s got you covered. From snorkeling a living barrier reef to wildlife viewing from the comfort of your car, here are some of Read More »

  1. Adventure
  2. Go Green
  3. Action Packed
Sand Pine Nature Trail Sign
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Rocky Bayou State Park Nature Trails

Written by:Kevin Mims
Fort Walton Beach, FL

If you're headed to Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville, make sure to spend some time on the park's fantastic network of nature trails. There are three loops: the Rocky Bayou Nature Trail, the Sand Pi Read More »

  1. Go Green
  2. Outdoorsy
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Paddling Econfina Creek

Written by:Kevin Mims
Panama City, FL

Adventure lovers, this paddle trip is for you. Imagine launching kayaks, canoes and paddleboards and following a 6-mile watery path to several freshwater springs, stopping to jump in and splash around Read More »

  1. Outdoorsy
  2. Paddling
Camping Florida Caverns State Park
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Camping Florida Caverns State Park

Written by:Kevin Mims
Marianna, FL

Some campgrounds are good for just hanging around your tent or RV, while others put you close to adventure. At Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, plan on doing less of the fireside chatting, and Read More »

  1. Go Green
  2. Outdoorsy
  3. Off The Beaten Path
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Panorama: Jackson Blue Spring

Written by:Kevin Mims
Marianna, FL

In the summer months, Florida's freshwater springs are where you want to be. While the largest concentration of springs are found in Central and North Florida, folks living and visiting Northwest Flor Read More »

  1. Go Green
  2. Outdoorsy
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Horseback Riding in Goethe State Forest

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Come along for the ride as Outdoors & Nature Insider Kevin Mims saddles up to explore the equestrian trails at Goethe State Forest from the Black Prong Trailhead near Dunnellon. This well-maintained h Read More »

4) Day break off Tiger Key.   SUP (Stand Up Paddling) trip that Terry Tomalin and gang did in the Florida Everglades back in November.   (Terry Tomalin)
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Ten Thousand Islands, for Solitude

Written by:Terry Tomalin
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Spending a few days in the wilderness of Florida Bay is a great way to decompress and blow off some steam. Out here among the Ten Thousand Islands, there are no traffic jams, crowds or cell phones to Read More »

  1. Birding
  2. Paddling
  3. Outdoorsy
The Florida Trail Guide
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Get the Florida Trail Guide

Written by:Kevin Mims
Sanford, FL

Ahh, the Internet these days. With so much information at our fingertips, it's easy to think that we can find all the answers online. While that may be the case with a lot of subjects, when it comes Read More »

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  2. Outdoorsy
  3. Hiking
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Retreat to Florida's Nature

Written by:Kevin Mims
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From luxurious beach resorts to no-frills accommodations for budget-minded travelers, Florida has something for every occasion. Nature lovers aren't left out, either. The state has several spots where Read More »

  1. Off The Beaten Path
  2. Outdoorsy
  3. Birding
Highlands Hammock State Park, located four miles west of Sebring, is Florida's oldest state park.
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Florida's Major Trails

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More than 40 years ago, Miami resident Jim Kern returned from a trip on the Appalachian Trail and wondered why the Sunshine State didn't have its own long-distance hiking trail. Kern and some friends Read More »

  1. Outdoorsy
  2. Off The Beaten Path
  3. Go Green
Apalachicola National Forest
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Florida's National Forests

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Three national forests lie within Floridas borders, providing habitat to countless plant and animal species, some of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Unique features such as gin-clear fre Read More »

  1. Off The Beaten Path
  2. Go Green
  3. Outdoorsy
Croom Mountain Bike Trails
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Croom Mountain Bike Trails

Written by:Kevin Mims
Brooksville, FL

Here in Florida, we struggle with the unfair notion that everything is pancake flat. But a ride on the SWAMP club-maintained trails here will surely leave riders thinking otherwise. Located near Brook Read More »

  1. Outdoorsy
  2. Action Packed
  3. Bicycling
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High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail

Written by:Kevin Mims
Apalachicola, FL

Near Apalachicola or Carrabelle? Don't miss a side trip along the High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail, right along U.S. Highway 98 in Tate's Hell State Forest. The path leads you though a coastal scrub ha Read More »

  1. Outdoorsy
  2. Hiking