We have left Salt Springs and made our way to Apopka, Florida to stay in a Magnolia County Park. The Apopka Lake is here and lots of wildlife.
While staying at Magnolia Park Campgrounds in Apopka, Fl., We took a ride along the Apopka Lake North Shore Scenic Drive. It's an eleven mile drive along the lake and canals. It serves as a bird sactuary. Although we did this on a very cold and windy day, there were a surprising number of birds along the whole drive. We were able to see ducks, egrets, cranes, Turkey Vultures, Ospreys, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Anhingas and Double Crested Cormorants. There are over 300 species at the lake.
An eleven mile drive took about three hours so that should tell you how much there is to see. While there, also look for alligators, bobcats, raccoons and other wildlife.
Make sure you take binoculars and cameras!
We drove from Salt Springs to St. Augustine. The drive down 207 was pleasant enough with no traffic and much agriculture (mostly cabbage).
We parked near the visitors center in the parking deck ($12 a day) which we thought was a little expensive. You do have the option of using metered parking if you plan to drive from attraction to attraction. If you drive your rv, there is free parking for oversized vehicles.
First we visited Castillo des Sans Marcos, a formidable fort on the harbor. In each section of the fort, there was usually a timeline and exhibits of when the fort changed hands between the Spanish, British and the US. There were also a variety of demonstrations. I enjoyed the one showing how musket balls were made.
We also visited the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. It is a must see. The stained glass and paintings are beautiful.
There are many, many touristy type shops if you like that sort of thing, but among them, there were a few interesting ones such as the mustache store.
All in all, it was a good day!
We love to travel in our 2021 Coachmen Beyond van about half of the year. Join us, if you will, to see where our adventures take us.