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Gateway Cities

Southern Gateway | Umatilla

Umatilla, Gateway to the Ocala National Forest and Gateway to the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, is located in northern Lake County on SR 19. Umatilla is known as a “Sportman’s Town” and offers many outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping and hiking. There are forty fish-rich lakes within two miles of the city limits and several hundred more within a half hour’s drive… Read More…

Northern Gateway | Palatka

Palatka sits on the shores of St Johns River as it narrows and converges into Lake George and meets with the Ocklawaha River. Its strategic location along the St. Johns has shaped its history. Notably in the 1850s the Steamboat Era brought tourists to Palatka as they made their way on the Ocklawaha River to Silver Springs, Eustis and Leesburg or took the St. Johns River down to… Read More…

Western Gateway | Silver Springs & Ocala

Silver Springs lies at the western end of the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway is the town of Silver Springs, where charming retro motels and several campgrounds provide a base for exploration of the corridor. Silver Springs – the spring – is one of the world’s largest first magnitude springs, gushing more than 550 million gallons of water a day to form the Silver River….Read More…

Eastern Gateway | Ormond Beach

The Gateway City of Ormond Beach bridges the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway and the Atlantic Ocean. Situated just north of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach is known as “the Birthplace of Speed.” Henry Flagler bought the stately Hotel Ormond in 1890 and also purchased the railroad, which had been brought into Ormond Beach. A bridge was erected across the…Read More…