Venture into history and experience old Florida, here are some recommended places to visit around the state, enjoy the adventures!
THE PERSHING HIGHWAY: Hike and explore along one of Florida’s oldest brick roads. It was once a main route through DeLand to Daytona and was abandoned in the 1940’s. Today it is part of Tiger Bay State Forest in Volusia County.
THE GOETHE GIANT: is an ancient Cypress Tree located in Goethe State Forest it is estimated to be over 900 years old. Goethe State Forest is located in Levy County. The tree can be found in the forest on the Big Cypress Boardwalk Trail.
INDIAN LAKE CEMETERY: This is an old cemetery located at Indian Lake State Forest dating back to the mid 1800’s. You can hike to it from some of the trails here, a beautiful forest with some fascinating history to see. Please be respectful of the cemetery when visiting. Here is some of the history behind the place: “Before Ocala and Silver Springs were developed, there were Indians that lived in this area. The Indians loved the lake and the area around it. They held their Pow-wows near the lake and their children loved to swim in the warm waters of Indian Lake. The Indians held sacred rites for their dead and buried them in sacred areas throughout the forest. Later American settlers moved into the area and forced out the Indians. The settlers, who like the Indians, loved Indian lake and the surrounding area. Around 1845 the settlers built a small whitewashed church near the lake and around 1851 they established this small cemetery. This cemetery includes some veterans from the war of 1812 and Civil War as well as some of the first settlers in the area.”
TUCKER HILL CEMETERY: This old cemetery is located in Withlacoochee State Forest in the Croom Tract. It is called Tucker Hill Cemetery. Near the trailhead where the fire tower is, there you can access mountain bike and hiking trails. The cemetery is at the end of a path near the trailhead.
CRABGRASS CREEK CEMETERY: This is known as Crabgrass Creek Cemetery in Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area. Some of the earliest families to live in this area of Osceola County are buried here.