Category: Abandoned Florida

Video Diary: Old Phosphate Mine in Citrus County

This was a really neat exploration I did in Citrus County where some of the old phosphate mining took place back in the 1800’s. Phosphate was and still is a big industry throughout Florida and is used for many purposes. This particular mine was… Continue Reading “Video Diary: Old Phosphate Mine in Citrus County”

Video Diary: Hike to Old Indian Mound in Ocala National Forest

Over the years I have been researching some of the fascinating history within the Ocala National Forest. Besides the vast scenic wilderness and trails that you can enjoy there, the forest has a rich historical past. Everything from turpentine camps, to old homestead sites,… Continue Reading “Video Diary: Hike to Old Indian Mound in Ocala National Forest”

Old Homestead Sites at Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area

  I explored at Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area located in Osceola County by the small town of Holopaw. It is a large area with around 16,000 acres of property that has many trails to hike and places to roam. The area has a… Continue Reading “Old Homestead Sites at Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area”

Abandoned Richloam Fire Tower in Withlacoochee State Forest

For sometime now I have been wanting to climb this abandoned fire tower located in the Withlacoochee State Forest at the Richloam Tract. It was always something that was a bit intimidating for me but I finally got the courage to climb it. The… Continue Reading “Abandoned Richloam Fire Tower in Withlacoochee State Forest”

Lone Gravesite at Andrews Wildlife Management Area

I have always enjoyed the scenic wilderness along this part of the Suwannee River at Andrews Wildlife Management Area. There are many trails and recreational opportunities here. Some of the history includes logging and agricultural uses going back to the 1800’s, the land was purchased by… Continue Reading “Lone Gravesite at Andrews Wildlife Management Area”

Orleans Ghost Town in Citrus County

Orleans was one of the many ghost towns that existed in Citrus County back in the late 1800’s. It was a small community with maybe a population of around 100 or so. It was settled in 1885 but didn’t last very much longer after… Continue Reading “Orleans Ghost Town in Citrus County”

Video Diary: Hike to Bailey Mine in Levy County

This is a video I put together from an area known as the Watermelon Pond Tract in Levy County. It is actually a section of Goethe State Forest but just not connected to the main part. There is a trailhead that can be found… Continue Reading “Video Diary: Hike to Bailey Mine in Levy County”

Tishler Indian Mound in Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest is a scenic place to explore but also a place of rich history. Dating back around 11,000 years ago and through the first European colonization of the New World, several waves of cultures lived along the St. Johns River and along the… Continue Reading “Tishler Indian Mound in Ocala National Forest”

Pershing Highway in Tiger Bay State Forest (Interpretive Trail)

There is some interesting history in this part of Tiger Bay State Forest located in Volusia County known as the old Pershing Highway. It was a brick road constructed in the early 1900’s and was the first highway to connect DeLand to Daytona Beach.… Continue Reading “Pershing Highway in Tiger Bay State Forest (Interpretive Trail)”

Alto Ghost Town in Sumter County

Exploring in the wilderness of Half Moon Wildlife Management Area you may not know but at one there was a small community out here in the late 1800’s known as Alto. The preserve is located in Sumter County and has many layers of history.… Continue Reading “Alto Ghost Town in Sumter County”