River of Lakes Heritage Corridor
The River of Lakes Heritage Corridor embodies a unique blend of sophisticated contemporary culture, rich historic preservation, and gorgeous natural Florida.
The Native Americans of the area, the Timucua, referred to the St. Johns River as the “Welaka”, which meant “River of Lakes.” The St. Johns River and the series of lakes it connects were the lifeline and “highway” for centuries of inhabitants, settlers, travelers and tourists.
Today, the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor connects travelers to the numerous heritage and cultural sites in this historic region. The charm of this area has drawn new developments in recent decades, with four-star restaurants and regal art galleries thriving alongside good old BBQ joints and antique architecture. Spanish moss sways over the sidewalks during the many festivals and concerts.
You are never too far away from nature along this byway – and many locals have their bikes and kayaks at the ready. The byway has countless spots to put a boat in, and a growing multiuse trail system alongside it that enables the byway traveler to pull off the byway and jump onto a stunning path that leads to crystal springs or along the St. Johns River.
Florida Scenic Highways are often referred to as “byways.” One of the main requirements of scenic byway designation is that it show one or more of six key intrinsic qualities: Historic, Archaeological, Scenic, Cultural, Natural, and Recreational. Learn more about the Florida Scenic Highway program at http://floridascenichighways.com/