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
T-storm for south Georgia later
Apr 22, 2014 3:19 pm
T-storm for South Georgia later
Computer glitches challenge FCAT testing
Apr 22, 2014 2:28 pm
Several FL school districts struggle to administer the FCAT because of a computer glitch.
Earth Day: will climate change affect the First Coast?
Apr 22, 2014 7:53 am
Search by zip code to see if your neighborhood will be affected by rising sea levels.
Jimbo Fisher makes a stop in Jacksonville
Apr 21, 2014 11:54 pm
Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher made a stop in Jacksonville Monday.
Council votes to add more police officers
Apr 21, 2014 11:46 pm
Monday, the city council voted on a proposal calling for the addition of four police officers to the city's current force of 61 officers.
Recognizing past Hero Next Door Valerie Williams
Apr 21, 2014 8:17 pm
Recognizing a past Hero Next Door for being a voice for victims of domestic violence who are too afraid to speak.
Parents looking for answers after alleged teacher abuse
Apr 21, 2014 7:54 pm
According to a police report, the 5-year-old is the potential victim of allege abuse by a kindergarten teacher.
Church seeks help to restore historic building
Apr 21, 2014 7:50 pm
Caution tape now hangs around Trinity United Methodist Church in St. Augustine.
Students mourn loss of high school principal
Apr 21, 2014 6:49 pm
Long-time Ponte Vedra High School principal Craig Speziale died Saturday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Scott meets with parents about tuition bill
Apr 21, 2014 6:47 pm
Governor Scott meets with parents in Jacksonville