Lake City is a paradise for outdoor lovers, where the cafes and antique stalls are surrounded by crystal-clear freshwater springs and lush tropical forests. You can also paddle down the Ichetucknee River, explore pristine state parks and visit Civil War historic sites.
Things to do in Lake City
Soak up Florida's pristine waterways on the Santa Fe River Paddling Trail, which can be explored by renting a kayak or canoe in downtown Lake City. It starts in O'Leno State Park and winds through tropical forests and lush wetlands. Watch for turtles sunning themselves on logs.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park dazzles nature enthusiasts with its crystal-clear freshwater springs and emerald forests. Cruising down the river on inflatable tubes is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the park. Scuba divers flock to Blue Hole Spring, a beautiful underwater grotto.
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park remembers the site of Florida's largest Civil War clash, which saw more than 10,000 soldiers fight a five-hour battle in 1864. Today you can stroll around the battlefields, explore the one-kilometre interpretive trail and visit monuments to both the Union and Confederate armies.
Webb's Antique Mall is a treasure hunter's dream, featuring over 400 different stalls selling unique antiques. For fresh produce, head to Fifth Generation Farms, a natural foods market selling everything from North Florida Black Angus beef to artisan cheese.
Getting around Lake City
Downtown Lake City is easy to get around on foot. Local buses and rental cars are best for exploring Columbia County. Lake City is a one-hour drive from Jacksonville International Airport.