Georgia Magazine - October 2011 - (Page 18)

Naturally Florida Geography has dealt Florida a lavish hand when it comes to natural gifts BY KATHLEEN WALLS Santa Rosa Fort Beach Walton Beach Panama City Beach 10 Marianna White Springs Live Oak 10 Jacksonville St. Augustine Fanning Springs Suwannee Cedar Key Chiefland 95 Micanopy Ormond Beach Ocala Homosassa Ponce Inlet 75 Spring Hill Dunedin Clearwater 4 Titusville Apopka Orlando St. Cloud 95 Lake Wales Tampa Tampa Bay 75 Florida's Turnpike Stuart Homestead Florida Keys Big Pine Key South Florida South Florida’s state parks showcase Florida’s natural beauty. One of the best places for camping is Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys, which offers three sandy beaches perfect for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or canoeing. National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key is the only place to find the tiny Key deer. Big Pine Key has another treat, Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge. On the mainland, Everglades National Park in Homestead is a vision of South Florida before civilization encroached. Paurotis Pond is a rookery area for water birds. Another don’t-miss park is Shark Valley. Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee stretches to Lake Okeechobee. You’ll find endangered Florida panthers, American crocodiles and 18 other wildlife. Above top: The Hobe Mountain Trail at Jonathan DickGreat Calusa Blueway inson State Park climbs through the sand pine scrub to Paddling Trail runs through the observation tower where visitors can see for miles. Lee County. Along the trail Above: A bottle nosed-dolphin cavorts in the gulf. are Sanibel and Captiva islands where visitors will vation deck to gaze across Hobe find the Boca Grande Lighthouse Sound to the Atlantic, or board the and Sanibel Lighthouse—plus two Loxahatchee Queen II and cruise the of Florida’s best birding spots—J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Preserve and river to the pioneer home of Trapper Nelson. This “Wild Man of the LoxaSanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. You can paddle to Cayo Costa hatchee” operated a wildlife zoo and State Park in Boca Grande, a barrier entertained celebrities until his death in 1968. island accessible only by boat and another barrier island, Cabbage Key. Central Florida North of the trail’s end is BabVisitors can also find beauticock Wilderness Adventures, an alliful beaches on the gulf. Stephen P. gator ranch in Punta Gorda. On the east coast, Jonathan Dick- Leatherman, known as Dr. Beach and regarded as the country’s foremost inson State Park near Stuart offers authority on beach quality, named Caoff-road bike trails, campgrounds, ladesi Island State Park in Dunedin cabins, swimming, canoeing, kayak“No. 1 beach” in 2008. This park can ing and boating. Climb the obserMore online at GEORGIA MAGAZINE MARTIN WALLS MARTIN WALLS Join us as we travel to one of our neighboring states. Punta Gorda Boca Grande Cabbage Key Captiva Sanibel Ochopee 75

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2011

Georgia Magazine - October 2011
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Naturally Florida
Florida Destinations
2011 Reader's Choice Awards
Other Top Picks in Our Readers’ Choice Contest
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Gardens Plant of the Month; Liberty Notes
More on Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Energy-Efficiency Tips
More Great Recipes

Georgia Magazine - October 2011