Florida's Adventure Coast Blog

Environmentally Sensitive Lands: Acres to Love and Learn From

Florida’s Adventure Coast is rich in unspoiled natural spaces. With outdoor recreation on the rise, ensuring environmental protection is key. 

On Florida’s Adventure Coast, the county Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) program was born in 1988. It is a program for the protection of natural...

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Native American Trail Marker?

Is this a Native American Trail Marker?

On a warm, dazzling blue sky day last week, our small group of hikers  came upon this tree (pictured below) in Fickett Hammock Preserve. It appears that it might be a Native American Trail Marker. Like many in Fickett Hammock, host to some of the area's...

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Walk Among the Tall Pines

Welcome to one of the largest contiguous tracts of old growth longleaf pines in Florida. Once the dominant tree of the South, our Big Pine Tract of the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area serves as a window to this now less-common ecosystem. Fire and harsh weather-tolerant, some of the...

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Photo Scavenger Hunt Adventure

What do a canopied roadway, box turtle, dinosaur, dolphins and mermaids have in common? They are just a few of the unique finds you can snap on this Adventure Coast Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Don't forget to post your pics with us on social media. We'd love to see them! 

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News from Withlacoochee State Forest

By Lita Hart

October is State Forest Awareness Month.  2016 marks 80 Years of Florida State Forests.

Sprawling Natural Area The Withlacoochee State Forest (WSF) comprises 164,073.18 acres extending across 45 linear miles of west central Florida and across five counties (Citrus, Hernando, Lake,...

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This Land Is Your Land

Visit the great outdoors as an alternative to Florida’s theme parks, beaches and cities.

Here in Nature’s Place to Play, a vibrant array of spaces await your discovery. Step outdoors and into landscapes you’ll want to explore again and again.

Excluded from commercial development, public lands...

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Natural Wonders - Temperate Hardwood Hammocks

Part of Florida’s Adventure Coast is defined as a Temperate Hardwood Forest or “Hammock”. This shady habitat contains a wide diversity of trees, shrubs and wildlife. In Florida, the largest temperate hardwood communities occur near Brooksville, Gainesville and Ocala.

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Cypress Lakes Preserve: A Shady Sanctuary

by Jim King

Explore Unique Landscapes Cypress Lakes Preserve, in eastern Hernando County, covers 331 acres, but seems larger on foot going around the wetlands. The preserve’s value as a nature park is largely due to its unusual variety of vegetation communities and the mixture of wetlands and...

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