Loving Levy

Marion’s neighboring county to the west is rich in recreational opportunities that are perfect for summer.

There are hundreds of reasons Levy County is nicknamed the “Nature Coast.” The opportunities for family-friendly fun include freshwater and saltwater recreation, beautiful parks, historic venues and fabulous seafood.

Whether you want to go snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, walking or riding on horseback, there is a body of water or nature trail within easy access. 

During Levy County’s bay scallop season, July 1 through September 24, you will see flotillas of pontoon boats and other vessels filled with family members and friends enjoying a day on the water as they snorkel for the tasty bivalves. 

Freshwater snorkelers and scuba enthusiasts can explore the prehistoric underground spring known as Devils’ Den and the nearby Blue Grotto welcomes scuba divers of all experience levels. 

When the summer sun is in full force, visitors to Cedar Lakes and Woods Gardens can find shade and solace in the 20-acre botanical garden that was created in an old lime rock quarry. 

Boaters can navigate the salt flats along the coastline, venture into the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico or cruise along four inland rivers. Whether you are on board a kayak or a yacht, there is something to enjoy in these waters. 

You can spend an entire day or two eating and shopping in Cedar Key. And, for history buffs, there is the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum, Shell Mound Archaeological Site and Seahorse Key Lighthouse, as well as the neighboring historic town of Rosewood, the Levy County Quilt Museum and the Chiefland Train Depot. 

Manatee Springs State Park and Fanning Springs State Park, both on the Suwannee River, offer excellent facilities for swimming. There are several county parks, such as Henry Beck and Bronson Blue Spring, which also offer amenities for picnicking and swimming. 

Equine enthusiasts boast about the trail riding opportunities at the Devil’s Hammock Wildlife Management Area and Goethe State Forest.

“Levy County is a place where you can relax on the beach in Cedar Key, go snorkeling and so much more. We have great freshwater and saltwater access, plus beautiful natural springs. This is a truly wonderful place to get outside and enjoy time with nature or family,” says Tisha Whitehurst, executive director of the Levy County Visitors Bureau.

To learn more, go to visitlevy.com

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