Just about an hour from Jacksonville is Lake City, on the site of a former Seminole village whose name meant “Alligator Village”. The name changed in 1859 to represent the seven lakes located nearby.
Things to do in and around Lake City
- The Olustee Battlefield and Museum – This is about 13 miles east of the Lake City. This was the site of the only major Civil War battle in Florida. Each February, visitors can watch a reenactment of this historic event. There is also a museum and an interpretive trail along battle lines that are open year round.
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park -A favorite place of my childhood, this is located in nearby Ft. White. Visitors can swim in the spring or float down the 3&1/2 mile stretch on a raft or inner-tube which can be rented nearby. Picnic areas abound.
- Big Shoals State Park – also in Ft. White, here you can canoe, kayak, fish, bike, hike and picnic. There are also horse trails.
- Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park – named after one of my former classmates, this park in nearby Live Oak. Here you can scuba, snorkel, hike and picnic.