Northern Florida is the "quiet" part of the state, untouched by much of the frenetic development of the South and the Atlantic Coast. Here, the emphasis is on Florida's rich legacy of natural beauty, and the different ways of experiencing it: boating, canoeing, hiking and camping, cycling, and bird-watching are popular leisure activities. But that doesn't mean Northern Florida is devoid of more fast-paced excitement: the chief city, Gainesville, is home to the University of Florida, a sports mecca that boasts national championship teams in several sports. Gainesville also serves as the cultural center for the area, and is home to acclaimed galleries and theater groups.
The Gulf Coast of this region, the northern part of what is known as "the Nature Coast," is one of the most sparsely populated—and best preserved—areas of Florida. Vast wetlands near the coast provide habitat and nurseries for birds and other species. Winding through this part of the state is the famed Suwannee River.
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News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Englewood Rams enjoying a season to remember
Apr 23, 2014 11:55 pm
First Coast Sports anchor Chris Porter took the sportscast on the road to Englewood High School Wednesday night.
Profane graffiti sprayed on church, windows broken
Apr 23, 2014 10:54 pm
Police are searching for a criminal mischief suspect after the Epiphany Baptist Church was vandalized early Wednesday morning.
Enjoying the calm and comfortable ahead of the humidity
Apr 23, 2014 10:19 pm
A weather delight
Free fertility seminar offers chance to win treatment
Apr 23, 2014 10:15 pm
Local fertility experts are offering a free seminar to help couples get pregnant.
Columbia County High School gun threat found to be hoax
Apr 23, 2014 9:46 pm
Columbia County High School is on lockdown, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
St. Johns River Ferry gets $900K grant for operations
Apr 23, 2014 9:08 pm
The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a grant for $900,000 to the St. Johns River Ferry.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 schedule released
Apr 23, 2014 8:07 pm
The Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 full schedule has been released.
Nonprofit dedicated solely to Hemming Plaza revival
Apr 23, 2014 7:52 pm
Hemming Plaza could undergo huge changes if a newly formed nonprofit group is successful.
Edward Waters College gets historical marker
Apr 23, 2014 7:42 pm
The school is the oldest private and historically black college in the Sunshine State.
Shredding event on Thursday at EverBank Field
Apr 23, 2014 7:36 pm
Shred for Good is teaming up with the Jaguars and InstaRamp for the event.