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The town of Cedar Key is one of the oldest in the state, and probably the best known coastal town on the North Central Florida coast.  It's now a small, quiet fishing center but in its time, it was a bustling port on Florida's first large railroad line.

Despite the large scale development of most of Florida, the numerous islands comprising the Cedar Keys and the northern shoreline have remained almost totally in their natural state.

Thirteen of these islands make up the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, with its bays, marshes, rivers and creeks offering peaceful places to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

The coastline in this region of Florida consists mainly of shallow saltwater estuaries with little in the way of sandy beaches and that is one of the reasons the area is a popular fishing destination. North of Cedar Key lies the fishing village of Steinhatchee, where the pristine  surroundings and serenity have been preserved for over a century.

The cypress and cedar trees along the Steinhatchee River are home to egrets and the calm waters attract many anglers for the catches of trout and redfish. Inland from the coast, visitors can explore historic areas, state parks and lovely waterways of the Suwannee, Waccasassa, Ochlockonee and Fenholloway river systems. The peaceful tranquility of this region and its river systems are a magnet for visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

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The area is serviced by regional airports at Gainsville, Tallahassee and Williston. The Amtrak stations are at Tallahasse, Madison, Lake City and Waldo. Self drive is the best option for getting around.

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The Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve is located 6 miles (10km) north east of Cedar Key on the western edge of Levy County. The reserve is managed by the Division of Recreation and Parks, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Division of Forestry.

Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge shows visitors a natural untouched Florida and is a refuge providing food, cover and nesting sites for native and migrating wildlife. It also provides excellent visitor areas. An array of foot and kayak/canoe trails are provided throughout the refuge as well as 3 accessible fishing piers.  A popular attraction is Shell Mound, a 3,000 year old site which now has a fishing pier and a kayak/canoe launch. 

A wonderfully natural and relaxing park to visit is Manatee Springs State Park which lies 6 miles (10km) west of Chiefland. Fanning Springs State Park enjoys a beautiful location along the Suwannee River. The park offers swimming in the crystal clear 72 deg year round springs and canoeing/kayaking access to the Suwannee River.

Kayak trips around the Cedar Key islands or up the Suwannee River looking for dolphins, manatees and birds. Try your luck with rod and reel to catch some of the many species of fish that are found in this area. The small but beautiful Steinhatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico provide a backdrop for canoeing, boating, fishing and summertime scalloping.

The parks and reserves offer visitors a wide selection of activities and facilities such as bicycle trails, horseback trails, fishing, hiking & nature trails, boat tours, water recreation, scuba, snorkeling and historical sites.

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