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Eight Reasons to Be a Visitor in Our Backyard
Brought to you by Levy County, Florida
Levy County, established in 1846, is situated on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, west of Gainesville and two and a half hours north of Tampa. As part of Florida’s “Nature Coast,” Levy is home to 52 miles of beautiful coastline in addition to many square miles of forests and uplands.
Levy County remains rural with vast, pastureland, wooded areas, natural bubbling springs, and meandering rivers. Levy’s northern border of the fabled Suwannee River, made famous by Steven Foster’s song “Old Folks At Home,” ideal for nature lovers and historians, here are eight reasons you should discover Levy County today.
Dive right In: Divers never know what they’ll find at Devil’s Den, an underground spring inside a dry cave. The pleasant year-around water temperature of 72 degrees allows comfortable diving, winter or summer.
Southern fixin’s: The Ivy House Restaurant is located in a beautiful old home nestled in the shade of giant oak trees. Opened in 1993, you can expect southern hospitality and delicious home cooked foods, like their famous Baked Crispy Chicken with homemade Mac and Cheese and their signature desserts.
Gentle giants: Manatee Springs State Park is a First-Magnitude spring featuring more than 100 million gallons of crystal clear water per day. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the clearwater spring are a great spot for swimming. Manatees can be seen during the winter months. Make your RV reservation through the Florida State Park website.
Lift your glass: Dakotah Winery is a place of peace and a haven for all in their bird sanctuary. At the heart of the winery is the vineyard where the native Florida Muscadine is grown. Daily wine tasting is offered in the gift shop.
Scenic encounter: The majestic Withlacoochee River in Yankeetown, Florida is certainly a beautiful river to explore by kayak or boat. Rosette Spoonbill and Green Heron birds can be seen certain times of the year on the backwater creeks. Bring your RV to B’s Marina and Campground for a riverside stay.
Back in time: History and culture can be explored at the Cedar Key Historical Museum situated on Second Street in downtown Cedar Key. Cedar Key was the first shipping port on the west coast of Florida as far back as 1863. The first Cross-Florida railroad ended in Cedar Key so there are many interesting facts to learn about early Florida history at the museum.
Trail Mix: Nature Coast Trail State Park is part of Florida’s statewide system of greenways and trails. This 31.7-mile paved trail winds through a beautiful rural area, connecting five towns. Among the trail’s highlights is a historic train trestle that allows a panoramic view of the Suwannee River.