A nat­u­ral play­ground

Travel Guide to Florida - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY STEVE WINSTON

Jack­son County, in the Florida Pan­han­dle, is a Florida gem ex­ud­ing small-town friend­li­ness, coun­try roads and nat­u­ral beauty. Ev­ery­where you look, there are a mul­ti­tude of recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties, com­pli­ments of Mother Na­ture.

The Florida Cav­erns State Park of­fers the only guided dry-cave tours in the state. The county is filled with nat­u­ral springs of crys­tal-clear blue wa­ter ... so clear, in fact, that you can go cave-div­ing in places like Jack­son Blue Springs.

Jack­son County also has an Agri-Tourism Trail fea­tur­ing 31 unique stops for the whole fam­ily, such as U-pick farms, corn mazes and camp­grounds. Farm-to-ta­ble restau­rants are in­creas­ing rapidly here. How­ever, they are not the only places food­ies love. South­ern Craft Cream­ery in Marianna has gar­nered ac­co­lades in sev­eral na­tional pub­li­ca­tions for their fla­vor­ful ice creams, which in­clude Vanilla & Sat­suma Jam, Roasted Banana with Salted Peanuts, and a fa­vorite in the South, Tu­pelo Honey.

Ca­noe­ing and kayak­ing are so pop­u­lar here that Jack­son County just held its first an­nual “Rock-A-Dock” event in Septem­ber 2018. If you ca­noe or kayak here, chances are you’ll only hear the sound of your pad­dle dip­ping into the wa­ter. The county is also burst­ing with hik­ing, bik­ing and horse­back-rid­ing trails. There are even trails where you can do all three!

Jack­son County is a place to let go, breathe deep and re­lax in the seren­ity of the great out­doors.

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