Chad’s Blog: Discovering Old Florida

The one thing I recently discovered when I went horseback riding is that you don’t have to travel very far to find a place in Florida where time has absolutely stood still. Every time I stumble across a bit of Old Florida, it’s like I’ve been sent back to a time before there were cars, internet, or smartphones — heck, before any phones at all. No matter where you live in Florida, you are never far from these undeveloped gems. My suggestion is you experience it the way our ancestors did.

BY LAND:

 

Trail Link

https://www.traillink.com/state/fl-trails/

Discover Florida by foot like the early explorers just a few generations ago. Here you’ll find trail descriptions, maps, photos, and reviews.  

 

Florida National Scenic Trail

https://www.fs.usda.gov/fnst

This 1,300 mile trail is mostly unpaved and a great way to view Florida at its finest — untouched.

 

Seminole County Trails

http://www.doorlandonorth.com/things-to-do/hiking-biking-trails

This area just north of Orlando has over 60 miles of nature trails including the Great Florida Birding Trail, where you can check out some pretty cool birds not found anywhere else in the world.

 

BY WATER:

 

Our Ancient Florida Springs

http://www.floridasprings.org

This website directs you to the many springs throughout this great state — I guarantee there is one near you and you will love it.

 

Wekiwa Springs State Park

1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32703

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Wekiwa-Springs

Early settlers enjoyed the year-round 72 degree temps of these waters. Come early in the summer — this is a popular place for good reason.

 

Canaveral National Seashore

S. Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32796

https://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm

This 24-mile barrier island is a safe haven to endangered wildlife and is the longest stretch of undeveloped public beach on the east coast of Florida. You can even camp on the beach or an island just off shore that’s only accessible by boat. I highly recommend it.

 

U-Sail of Central Florida

A-Dock, 531 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

http://www.usailflorida.com/

Learn how many of our forefathers travelled the world when there were no motors and only sails to carry you across the waters.

 

BY HORSE:

 

All Trails

https://www.alltrails.com/us/florida/horseback-riding

For thousands of years, long before cars and trains, main transit was by horse. It doesn’t get any more old school than this. Find a trail near you and discover gators, bald eagles, deer, cranes, and other Florida wildlife while on horseback.

 

Hidden Palms Ranch & Trail Rides

1410 Oakway, Sanford, FL 32773

https://www.hiddenpalmsranch.com

If you’re by my neck of the woods, check this place out. Young and old alike can venture out into the heart of Lake Jesup conservation area to find free-ranging cows and untouched Florida landscape. It’s almost like traveling back hundreds of years ago.

 

So, Get out and discover Florida as it once was!

Chad

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