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.
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Moms will be tickled pink with this forecast
May 11, 2014 8:07 am
Beautiful weather for The Final Round
Fans turned away from Funk Fest
May 10, 2014 11:41 pm
Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
St. Louis Rams pick Michael Sam in NFL draft
May 10, 2014 6:58 pm
Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.
Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp out Hunger'
May 10, 2014 6:46 pm
Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
Boys found throwing exploding bottles on Northside
May 10, 2014 6:29 pm
Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.
Woman dragged beneath car in Oceanway
May 10, 2014 5:49 pm
A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.
Missing Child Alert cancelled for 8-year-old boy
May 10, 2014 12:44 pm
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.
Car crashes into Publix supermarket
May 10, 2014 12:13 pm
An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples
Jacksonville man critical after head-on accident
May 10, 2014 10:28 am
A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.
New law allows parent feedback on school textbooks
May 9, 2014 11:56 pm
Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms