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Here are the top ten articles for the Florida Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Troy and Lafayette Blue Springs
Troy Spring and Lafayette Blue Spring are 1st-magnitude springs along the Suwannee River and are surrounded by state park land. Their 72-degree waters invite swimmers in for a dip, but other recreational activities are also available.
2. Fort Cooper State Park
Fort Cooper State Park is a state historic site located near Inverness where an historic battle took place during the Second Seminole War. Read on to learn about the history of the park and the educational and recreational activities available.
3. Sarasota County’s Legacy Trail
Walk, bike, or skate along Sarasota County's Legacy Trail, an asphalt-paved rail trail that runs for 10.7 miles between Sarasota and Venice. Along its route you will pass through natural and historic areas.
4. Colt Creek State Park
One of Florida's newer state parks, the 5067-acre Colt Creek State Park is located 16 miles north of Lakeland in the Green Swamp. The land, once a working cattle ranch, was purchased from the Overstreet Family in 2006. The park plans to open a full-service campground in February 2018.
5. Florida’s New Gun Law
The Valentine's Day mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has prompted the passage of a new state law aimed at preventing future massacres. Here are the provisions of the new gun law.
6. Gainesville’s Unique State Parks
Gainesville is home to 2 unique state Parks: Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park and San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. Devil's Millhopper is a large sinkhole with a boardwalk that descends to its bottom. San Felasco SP contains trails for hiking, off-road biking, and equestrians.
7. O’Leno State Park
O'Leno State Park in High Springs is one of the 9 Florida state parks built by the CCC in the 1930s. It offers primitive and developed camping, historical information and artifacts, hiking and cycling trails, picnicking, and fishing, swimming, and canoeing opportunities on the Santa Fe River.
8. Florida State Fairgrounds – History and Events
The Florida State Fair began over a century ago, but has been held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in eastern Hillsborough County only since 1977. Read a short history of the state fair and find out about upcoming events at the state fairgrounds.
9. Withlacoochee State Trail
The 46-mile-long, multi-use Withlacoochee State Trail is one of Florida's longer rail trails. From Citrus Springs in Citrus County, it runs south through a variety of landscapes and ends north of Dade City in Pasco County. Five designated trailheads provide access to the trail.
10. Alafia River Rendezvous at Homeland
Every January brings the Alafia River Rendezvous to Homeland in Polk County. It is the largest frontier living history encampment in the southeast U.S. If you enjoy historical reenactments, make plans to attend the next rendezvous in 2019.
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