Deep in a forgotten scrub forest, this 10-mile stretch of red-brick road once saw a steady stream of ‘Tin Can Tourists’ in Model-T Fords from as far away as Chicago to the exotic, tropical wilderness of Florida.
This hidden bombing range in central Florida has it’s very own ghost town, SAM missile sites and a mock-up runway. It provides target practice for Navy jet pilots preparing for combat.
The Coral Castle is an oddball mix of engineering derring-do, romantic obsession, and just a little hint of creepiness. It was enough to inspire Billy Idol to produce the 1987 song and music video “Sweet Sixteeen.”
In that rare instance when you need to make the drive from Salt Springs to Welaka, the Fort Gates Ferry will save you about forty miles and a pointless journey up through Palatka and back. But that’s merely practical. What’s fun and impractical is driving miles out of the way to float your car across the top of Lake George at the St. John’s River.
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Yearling with a road trip to Cross Creek, Florida.