Not only home to Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee, the north central region of Florida is also known as the “historic gulf coast”.
In this north central region there are a number of intriguing historical sites alongside a wealth of natural refuges and wilderness sites, rich in recreational possibilities from fishing and kayaking to camping and hiking.
The region includes the areas of Apalachicola/Port St. Joe, Cedar Key/Steinhatchee, Live Oak/Lake City and Tallahassee.
Apalachicola & Port St. Joe Area
Apalachicola is an historic gulf coast port located on St. George Island in Franklin County, Florida. Remnants of its colorful and diverse past remain very visible through its many historic homes and buildings, but today its activities revolve around fishing, kayaking, boating, biking, hiking and wilderness camping.
Cedar Key & Steinhatchee Area
Cedar Key is a city on a group of islands located 50 miles west of Gainesville, accessible by bridges and causeways on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Thirteen of these islands comprise the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Fishing and seafood is not only Cedar Key’s main industry, but also its recreation and the basis for its cuisine.
Live Oak & Lake City Area
Sandwiched between the Suwannee and the Santa Fe rivers in North Central Florida, this region lays claims to more than 100 springs, unadulterated wilderness, rich recreational possibilities, friendly river towns, old-time festivals and intriguing historical sites.
Best known as Florida’s capital, far from the glaring strips of neon amusement, and the castles and crowds of Disney, Tallahassee is “The Other Florida” with its deep-rooted history, rolling hills, canopy roads of moss-draped oaks, cool climate and Southern-style hospitality.