Top Things to Do in the Fall in Levy County
Once the temperature drops, time to plan your fall trip to Levy County. So many things you love to do become even more enjoyable in fall’s cooler weather. From hiking through state parks, to camping under the stars, to attending a seafood festival, here are some of the top things to do in the fall in Levy County, Florida.
Levy County is home to a handful of well-protected parks like Goethe State Forest, with old-growth trees and scenic landscapes of swamps, mesic flatwoods and sand hills. Visitors can hike or bike through the area, keeping an eye out for wildlife, like black bears, gopher tortoises, bald eagles, deer, woodpeckers and more. Or see the unspoiled wilderness on the back of a horse on designated horseback riding trails here and at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, as well.
Discover 413 acres of wetlands in Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, perfect for hiking, paddling or taking that perfect nature photo. Explore forests of mixed hardwood, cabbage palm and pine trees, salt ponds and tidal marshes. Observe from on high on the 30-foot observation tower, take your canoe or kayak out on the Gulf, walk across the salt pond boardwalk, or visit the onsite education center, with frequently scheduled programming and events.
Located in Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Shell Mound Archaeological Site has mounds (a midden) that are over 7,000 years-old, and believed to be built by early native cultures for stabilizing the mudflats that allowed ancient fishermen to throw their nets and push their dugouts off from their manmade shoreline. After exploring the mounds, take a turn at fishing. Bring your own equipment or rent supplies from Kiko’s Bait Bucket to fish from the Cedar Key Pier, or drop a line in the Suwannee River—made famous in Stephen Foster’s “Old Folks at Home,” one of the world’s most well-known minstrel songs.
Want to explore the area by water? Head over to one of the many water trails in Levy County (kayaks and canoes can be rented from Kayak Cedar Keys) like Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park, Fanning Springs State Park, Manatee Springs State Park and more. The tree-lined water trails will take you through some of the most scenic areas in the region. Since temperatures are dropping, keep your eyes peeled for manatees and dolphins, found in the local waters during the colder seasons. Birding is also a popular fall activity as millions of birds migrate south, stopping in or passing through Levy County. Several prominent birding locations in Levy County offer opportunities to spot a range of winged wildlife wading in the local waters.
Bring along your RV and go camping at one of the many designated campsites in Levy County. In fact, Levy County has over 2,000 campsites to choose from, making it among the best places to camp in the whole state of Florida. Reserve a spot to park your RV in fall or winter, when campsites are rarely full and reservations are easy to attain. Campsites include Breezy Acres Campground (Chiefland), Gatorland RV Park (Inglis), and Williston Crossing R.V. Resort. Fall is the perfect camping season, with the cooler temperatures making it just right for the ultimate camping necessity—bonfires.
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Levy County is teeming with fall events and festivals. To catch dazzling trapeze acts and acrobat stunts at Two Hawk Hammock Circus (September 22-23). This kid-friendly event includes arts and craft vendors, games, live music, face painting, dancing, and tons of hair-raising performances.
Kirby Family Farms is hosting its haunted Lost Railroad on Fridays and Saturdays through the month of October. (This event on the farm may not be suitable for small children.)
October 6th, celebrate all things nuts—peanuts that is—at the Central Florida Peanut Festival in Williston. Wander the grounds and browse through dozens of arts and crafts booths, sampling peanut recipes along the way, like baked, roasted, boiled and seasoned peanuts with spices. Stick around to catch the live crowning of the Little Peanut King, Queen and Baby Peanut.
October 20th is the Seahorse Key Open House in Cedar Key, one of the four times each year that the pre-Civil War era lighthouse on Seahorse Key is open for tours. Access to Seahorse Key is available to the public through Tidewater Tours, Cedar Key Boat Rentals and Island Tours, or it can be accessed by private boats during the open house dates.
If seafood is your thing, you’re in luck; Levy County will be hosting not one, but two seafood festivals this fall. Cedar Key Seafood Festival (October 20-21) and Yankeetown Seafood Festival (November 17-18) will have everything from clams, oysters and crabs, to shrimps and conch.
Pirates will invade Cedar Key November 30-December 1. Don your best pirated gear and prepare for a weekend of music and entertainment in the park, including a historical weapons demo and live fire performances.