Poling a Hell’s Bay skiff along the edge of the mangroves in Florida Bay’s Garfield Bight, Captain Benny Blanco was delighted with the large numbers of baby tarpon roiling the shallow waters. …
Exploring the Lake Wales Ridge: Central ‘highlands’ with old-fashioned flavor
When folks say Central Florida, what comes to mind? Orlando, Disney, theme parks?
There is another Central Florida and it makes a delightful discovery: the Lake Wales Ridge.
Like a spine up the middle of the state, the Lake Wales Ridge is a 150-mile-long stretch of higher ground, extending from Clermont on the north to Lake Placid on the south.
How high is the ridge? The highest point is Sugarloaf Mountain near Clermont at 312 feet, so, no, you won’t need to worry about climbing any peaks.
But you will be enjoying some of the most beautiful rolling hills, forests, streams and quaint small towns that Florida has to offer. And it’s all within two or three hours of urban South Florida, Tampa and Orlando. It is, in fact, the geographic center of Florida…read more of the article from Bonnie Gross of the Florida Rambler.