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"Lucy makes my toes itch! I can’t wait to get out and explore all the destinations she describes."--Sandy Huff, author of Paddler’s Guide to the Sunshine State
"By using modern technologies like GPS coordinates and internet resources, 50 Great Walks in Florida brings the genre of tour guides clicking and screening into the twenty-first century."--Lars Andersen, author of Payne’s Prairie: A History and Guide
From the deepest swamps to the most civilized sidewalks, 50 Great Walks in Florida features the best short, but significant, outdoor jaunts in the Sunshine State. Experienced tour guide Lucy Tobias fills each page with fascinating local history and vivid descriptions of the sights and sites encountered along the way.
50 Great Walks in Florida is divided by geographic regions and each section includes at least one beach or wetlands walk, a historic walk, a garden walk, a place to see wildlife, and one locale with an unusual natural feature. Included are the Vietnam Memorial, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Coca-Cola Town, Ybor City Fresh Market, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and even a ghost tour!
Tobias recommends additional activities for each walk and offers suggestions for where to stop nearby, including local restaurants, to enhance the regional and cultural experience. This handy guide includes comprehensive locator maps, listings of trip essentials, and useful warnings about possible dangers such as poisonwood sap.
These manageable walks will appeal to tourists in search of the real Florida, as well as to residents who want to become better acquainted with their state but still be done in time for lunch. Though shoes may be required, backpacks are not.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031743
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 2/17/2008
  • Series: Wild Florida Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Beebe Tobias, now retired, is an award-winning reporter, environmental writer, and photographer for the New York Times newspapers in Florida
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Table of Contents

Foreword     xv
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction: Going on a Great Walk     1
Northwest Florida
The Joys of Meandering: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee     13
Step into History: Park Avenue Historic District, Tallahassee     19
If the Hills Could Talk: Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee     26
Five Flags Flew Here: Historic Pensacola Village, Pensacola     32
Middle-earth Walk: Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach     37
Follow the Waterfall: Falling Waters State Park, Chipley     42
Ducks, Shell Middens, and High-Water Marks: Mounds Pool Interpretive Trail, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks     47
The Coca-Cola Town: A Walk around Historic Quincy     53
That Sinking Feeling: Leon Sinks Geological Area, Apalachicola National Forest, Crawfordville     58
Got Ghosts? Haunted History Walk, Monticello     64
Northeast Florida
A Stroll through History: The Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Centre Street Stroll, Fernandina Beach     73
Nature's Classroom: Willow Pond Nature Trail, Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach     78
Traverse Two Terrains: Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville     84
Stained Glass and Four Freedoms: Madison     89
A Walk onthe Gothic Side: University of Florida Campus Historic District, Gainesville     95
Wander through a Garden of Eden: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville     100
East Meets West: Land Bridge Trail, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, South of Ocala     105
Flowers, Waterfalls, and Headsprings: Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon     109
Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail: Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa     113
EcoWalk in Wild Florida: Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River     118
Central Florida
Birds, Botany, and Breakfast: Guana River Site, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Ponte Vedra Beach     127
Coquina and Conquistadors: Build Your Own Historic Walk, St. Augustine     132
Real Florida Reflections: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast     138
Walk with a Lake View: Lake Eaton, USDA Forest Service, Ocala National Forest     143
Painted History Walk: DeLand     148
Two Rivers Run Through It: Silver River State Park, Ocala     153
A Peaceful Walk: Sholom Park, Ocala     158
Walking with Friends: Sunnyhill Restoration Area, St. Johns River Water Management District, Umatilla     163
Garden of Delights: Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando     168
Guided Nighttime Turtle Walk: Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Vero Beach     173
Southwest Florida
Count the Osprey: Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin     183
Full-Moon Walk with T'ai Chi/Du Gong: North Clearwater Beach     188
Gardens, Landscapes, and Native Habitats: Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo     194
A Walk for Everyone: Fort DeSoto County Park, Tierra Verde     200
Celebrate the Cigars: Historic Walk, Ybor City     208
Mangroves, Orchids, and a Bo Tree: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota     215
Layers of Time: Spanish Point, Osprey     220
Wildlife Up Close: J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel     226
Boardwalk Adventure: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers     231
Walk with Audubon: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples     237
Southeast Florida
Into the Sea Grapes: Blowing Rocks Preserve, The Nature Conseryancy, Hobe Sound     245
Vanishing Florida: A Downtown Walk, Delray Beach     251
Winged Wonder Walk: Butterfly World, Coconut Creek     257
The Delight of Deco: Art Deco Walk, South Miami Beach     262
A Stroll in Paradise: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables     268
Anhinga Amble: Everglades National Park, Homestead     273
Lush, Tropical, and Quite Rare: Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo     280
Ancient Trees and Recent Residents: Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Islamorada     286
A Silver Lining: Silver Palm Nature Trail, Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key     292
Inhale Island History: Old Town Key West     298
Index     307
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    Posted May 23, 2008

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    It doesn't matter if you're a nature enthusiast or someone who believes the hippos on Disney's Jungle Cruise are real...'50 Great Walks in Florida' will have something for you. Lucy's walks are urban and rural, none longer than 4 miles, and all take you to places you really shouldn't miss. But what sets this book apart from others is Lucy's warm prose--you really feel like you're walking with a friend. She's the quintessential woman next door--friendly, approachable, understanding. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know who's about to visit Florida, and I've given it as a gift to friends who live in Florida. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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