Columbia County, Florida: Naturally Gorgeous
Columbia County, Florida borders Georgia to the north and is home to nearly 70,000 residents.Lake City and Fort White are the largest cities in Columbia County. As home to many state parks, Columbia County offers visitors the opportunity to experience the best of Florida's natural environment. This naturally gorgeous environment is a wonderful place to settle into a peaceful life. The major industry in Columbia County is farming and agriculture.
The majority of travel to and from towns in Columbia County is via car or the Cannon Creek Air Park. The Cannon Creek Air Park has two runways and hangers for private planes that are available for rent. Uniquely, the Cannon Creek Air Park also includes a residential community for pilots. Conveniently located within reasonable distance of nearby attractions, the Cannon Creek Air Park includes everything a pilot would ever need.
Columbia County is also home to the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. This bustling cultural center located in White Springs, FL keeps the town buzzing all year long. Named after the songwriter who penned "Old Folks At Home," the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is located on the Suwannee River in a charming Southern-style building.
There are many activities in which to participate at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park including a visit to the Center's Craft Square. Here, visitors can watch artisans make quilts, stained glass, and metal goods. In addition, the Stephen Foster Folk culture Center State Park hosts many special events throughout the year such as the Florida Folk Festival, weekend retreats, and a quilt show. The State Park has primitive and RV camping, miles of mountain bike opportunities as well as miles of quiet country roads to cycle on. As farming is a common practice in Columbia County, the annual antique tractor show is generally a big hit.
With many rivers and state parks within Columbia County, there is no shortage of opportunity to explore the natural wonders of Florida. O'Leno State Park is a popular destination for residents and visitors and offers a great way to explore nature. Located on the Santa Fe River, O'Leno State Park offers patrons canoe and bicycle rentals in order to get the most out of the park's natural environment. In addition, O'Leno State Park is a great place to experience local wildlife.
Nearby, Rum Island Spring Park and Ocean Pond are popular destinations for water lovers. Both locations offer visitors a day trip as well as camping options for an extended experience of Columbia County's natural environment.
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