A World of Natural Wonders – Florida

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Conservation Park at Panama City Beach is now a state-accredited site for relocation of waif gopher tortoises—tortoises whose original homes are unknown. Sixty-eight acres of the 2,900-acre city park have been set aside for gopher tortoise habitat; 24 miles of trails wind through the park.

Williford Springs, north of Panama City and one of the most beautiful springs along Econfina Creek, reopened to the public with a new recreation area that features easy access for swimmers, a long boardwalk through the shady forest to a canoe launch, picnic pavilions, and a scenic interpretive hiking trail connecting to Pitt and Sylvan Springs past deep rocky crevices, bubbling springs and a tall bluff.

One of the newest and classiest private outdoor recreation destinations in Florida, Coldwater Gardens invites you to relax along Coldwater Creek near Blackwater River State Forest. Working organic gardens including aquaponics and hydroponics provide a centerpiece for a collection of eco-friendly cottages, a treehouse, glamping tents, camping platforms along the creek, and camping on the sandbars. Hiking trails wind through pine savanna and creekside habitats, and visitors are welcome to bring tubes or kayaks to enjoy the waterway.

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