Florida Mountain Country

Leave it to Florida to make mountains out of sandhills. No doubt the Green Mountain Scenic Byway meanders through some beautiful rolling countryside just west of the state’s 3rd largest lake, Lake Apopka…but “mountain?” Well, this countryside does includes the highest point on the Florida peninsula: Sugarloaf Mountain, elevation 312 feet. You can leave your crampons […]

Killarney Station West Ornge Trail


Don’t Be A Bear

  With both hunting season and prime hiking season upon us, you don’t want to be mistaken for a bear. Or a deer. Or a hog. And nobody wants to be the unlucky recipient of a stray bullet. Yet about 1000 hunting accidents occur annually in the U.S. and Canada, resulting in nearly 100 deaths. But the […]

10 Under $10 — Orlando’s Best Entertainment Values

Millions of people flock to Orlando every year to spend billions of dollars at world-renowned theme parks. But Orlando offers other incredible parks at a tiny fraction of the cost. Here are 10 under $10. Click the links for more details, photos, videos,and maps: 1. Blue Spring State Park: This triple crown winner will cost you […]


Black Hammock Wilderness Area

Black Hammock Wilderness Area

Black Hammock Wilderness Area is a 700 acre Seminole County Natural Lands gem of a park located in Oviedo near Lake Jesup. More than 4 ½ miles of marked trails await hikers and bikers, along with many more miles of unmarked service roads. Impressive boardwalks raise you above swamp lands and deposit you in pine […]

Shingle Creek Update

Shingle Creek Regional Park has really upped their game…and they’re not done yet! While this was a beautiful park when I first visited a year and a half ago, today awesome new facilities offer a whole new experience, including a paddling center and pioneer village. Shingle Creek is still 2 distinct parks, with Babb Landing […]

Shingle Creek Steffee Landing