If you were to survey random people about what Florida is most famous for, you’d likely get a variety of answers that describe the beautiful beaches, the stunning sunsets, and the tourist trade that centers around a mouse. Few would mention the acres of flora and fauna that grace the state with lush, green foliage or the striking dashes of color that dot the landscape in wildflower patches. For those near the panhandle, however, it is apparent why Ponce de Leon declared the land, La Florida, “the land of flowers”.
The Panhandle is ideal for wildflowers due to the large amounts of public land, filled with the perfect combination of slightly acidic, moist sand-soil. Even more ideal, the land is regularly managed with prescribed burns, creating conditions that give wildflowers everything they need to thrive. What does that mean? It means that guests at Alliance Hill RV Resort are perfectly situated to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery Florida has to offer, located miles away from the beach.
Wildflowers play an important role in the Florida landscape. As native plants, they require less amounts of water, fertilizers, and pesticides than other types of plants. They provide native wildlife with habitat and food, and are hardy plants that can sustain both the wet afternoons of spring and the heat of summer days. Often mischaracterized as ‘weeds’, these beautiful flowers will captivate you as you study their beauty and their function.
Want to explore this unknown side of Florida’s landscape? You’re in luck. Located near I-10, the Florida Wildflower Foundation has identified a route through the Eastern Panhandle known as the Wildflower Trail. Their interactive website makes it easy to follow the wildflowers across the state, and provides an identification guide to help you track what you’re seeing. With user submitted photos, you can see just what’s blooming (and where) and even submit your own wildflower images.
How many of Florida’s native wildflowers can you spot on your journey through the Panhandle? We’d love to see your pictures! Call today to reserve your site at Alliance Hill RV Resort…the flowers are waiting! http://ow.ly/bBMN30bIEAA
Maybe you’ve seen them, whizzing past you on the interstate. The ‘serious’ campers. The ones with the map of the United States on the side of the RV, showing everywhere they’ve gone. Did you know that with more and more campers starting to use this form of identification, they have adopted new regulations to monitor exactly who gets these stickers? We did some investigating and found this…
For those using or planning on using these maps, it is important that you fully understand the rules and regulations regarding the proper use of these markers.
Annotated code for State Marking Stickers Map
(Federal Highway Administration and DOT guidelines)
Section A: Rules of state markings
Subsection 1: Per DOT guidelines and the Federal Highway Administration persons with state sticker maps on Campers/RV’s must have slept in that state in their camper for a minimum of 7 hours to qualify for a sticker for said state. Hook-ups are not needed. Only the driver must sleep in the Camper/RV for the said time.
Subsection 2: Persons can qualify for a state sticker by sleeping in a state approved rest area, chain store parking lot (Wal-Mart), grocery store or designated truck stop. In remote locations the side of the road will qualify. Persons wishing to qualify for said state sticker must also adhere to Subsection 1 of the annotated code of state marking stickers.
Subsection 3: Persons wishing to challenge the rulings of the code for sticker qualification can submit in writing to:
Department of Transportation
1234 Independence Ave
Please state the reason you feel you should qualify, attach a picture of the location in which you stayed and submit it on a DOT form 8745 with a self addressed envelope. Please allow 36 to 40 weeks for processing your claim.
(In case you’re wondering, this is only a joke!) What’s not a joke is staying at the Alliance Hill RV Resort for a chance to relax in the beauty of north Florida! Call today to reserve your spot! 850-545-4928
When you park your RV in the Alliance Hill RV Resort, you may wonder what you’ll do with all your free time. After all, you won’t have to wait in long lines of traffic, you won’t get stuck in any crowds and you definitely won’t be subjected to the sounds of civilization. (That sounds just about perfect, to us!) Sometimes, however, you just want to get out and DO SOMETHING. If you want to head out and explore the area, stop by the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in North Florida for an experience unlike any other. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity gets you up-close and personal to some of nature’s most beautiful creatures.
As the largest wolf preserve in the Southeastern United States, the Seacrest Wolf Preserve is located on over 400 acres of nature trails, ponds and lakes perfect for the variety of wildlife that call it home. Wild wolf species include the British Colombian wolf, the Gray wolf and other animals such as fox, racoons and coyotes.
The walking tour through the 3-acre wolf habitat is designed to give visitors the experience of being part of the wolf pack. It includes hands-on interaction with the wolves, as well as the chance to be part of a wolf howl. A concession and restroom stop partway through the tour gives you a chance to rest, while reflecting on the experiences you’ve had so far. The Small Animal Adventures experience lets you meet and greet some of the preserve’s most adorable creatures and provides photo ops that you’ll treasure forever. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to wander through their selection of wolf-themed merchandise to take home as souvenirs.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll see a wolf while you’re staying at the Alliance Hill RV Resort, but you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beauty of unspoiled Florida nature. Who knows – once you’ve spent an afternoon getting to know the creatures at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve, maybe you’ll be more attuned to the animal world and they’ll stop by and say hello.
Looking for a place to explore Florida’s wildlife? Give us a call – we’ll reserve your RV site today!
Camping is about getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s a chance to unwind and unplug from the busyness life brings and to reconnect with your family and nature. When you pull your camper into a campground that boasts of hundreds of sites and every amenity possible, sometimes it doesn’t feel that different from everyday life.
Sometimes, that’s not a bad thing. Once in a while, it’s nice to be surrounded by other vacationers who share some of the same experiences and enjoyment of camping. With so many things to do on the activity list, you never have to worry about being bored. But when you truly want to get away from the cares and pressures of every day, getting lost in the crowd can just be another form of stress.
When you’re ready to truly unwind, you need a campground where the owner meets you at the gate, and your “neighbor” invites you over for a game of cards after you get set up. A place where a traffic jam means the deer are crossing the road, and the pool has plenty of room for everyone. Smaller doesn’t mean less amenities – it means more access. More access to the services and amenities, more individual connections with someone who knows you by name and more of a chance to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Next time you’re looking for a campground to park your RV, think smaller for more of what you’re looking for. Need a suggestion? You’ll find more than you expect at Alliance Hill RV. With over 60 acres, you get a front row seat to some of Florida’s most beautiful forests. With limited RV spots, you’ll be more than a campsite number, you’ll be a friend. If you’re heading to North Florida, or if you just want a place where you can breathe easy and truly get away, head up I-10 to Alliance Hill RV. We’d love to meet you!
Travel can be rewarding. Getting to see new sights, meet new people and participate in new experiences keeps life interesting and offers a wide range of benefits. Did you know that there are health benefits to taking a vacation? Who knew that loading up in an RV and heading out for parts unknown is more than just fun – it’s good for you!
A Canadian study done in 2009 found that taking a vacation can alleviate stress. (Makes sense, right?) That same study, however, found that a vacation can also help promote peace, increase personal and social development, expand intercultural communication, and improve your well-being. Not only do vacations benefit you as an individual, they benefit your family, building a bond that is developed through shared experiences. Collective memories create positive ties among family members (and provide material for great ‘Remember when?’ stories in the future!).
Medical studies show that there are physical benefits to taking a vacation as well. On average, people feel healthier after a vacation, they have less physical complaints and even see a reduction in cholesterol.
Not surprisingly, people returning to their regular activities after a vacation report feeling happier, less stressed and more satisfied with their lives. As a result, they are more productive, have lower rates of absenteeism from their jobs and are less likely to burnout.
Take care of your health – head out of town this summer for a chance to recharge, refresh and renew. Head to Alliance Hill RV Resort to enjoy 64 acres of unspoiled Florida beauty. Wander through our hiking trails, check out the native wildlife or spend time relaxing in our clubhouse and pool. Visit nearby Florida attractions, dust off your fishing pole or float down a spring-fed river. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a month long vacation, you’ll be enchanted by how much relaxing you can do at Alliance Hill. Call us today to schedule your ‘just what the doctor ordered’ vacation.
Summer in Florida means water. Whether it’s the warm waters of the gulf or the refreshing crisp waters of Florida’s natural springs, visitors and residents use Florida’s easy access to water as a way to cool off and relax. Everyone is drawn to the water in Florida – human and wildlife – so if you are looking for a glimpse of the true Florida, head to the nearest natural water source.
Far from the line of cars waiting to visit one of Florida’s theme parks, the natural lines of lazy rivers and graceful, moss covered trees wait quietly. As the weather heats up and the tourists flock to roller coasters and animal shows, true Floridians know the secret beauty of the state can be found in the many state parks that can be found here. North Florida is home to some of the state’s best kept secrets and unspoiled beauty. Want to discover the real Florida? Visit one of these hidden gems.
Located in Jackson County, Spring Creek gives you a glimpse of Florida’s natural wonders, and is the perfect venue for canoeing, kayaking or tubing. An easy, 4-mile trek, nature lovers will be delighted at the sights and sounds of the river. An impressive number of plant species can be spotted from the river, and a winding pathway through the surrounding park offers a close up view of the landscape.
One of Florida’s most beloved springs, Ichetucknee State Park offers visitors the chance see Florida at its finest. Tucked into the park are picnic areas and hiking trails, providing visitors with opportunity to spot ducks, herons, or deer, just a few of the many species living in the surrounding woods. Float lazily down the Ichetucknee River for a relaxing afternoon, or quietly paddle a kayak through the wetlands of the park. This gentle river is a brisk 72 degrees year-round, making it the perfect way to cool off on a steamy spring day.
One of the deepest and largest springs in the world, Wakulla Springs State Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Famed for its beauty and diverse animal population, the spring attracts visitors like alligators, manatees and deer, while the surrounding park boasts karst features and hundreds of unusual plants. Take a guided boat tour down the river for an up-close look at nature, or enjoy a dip in the spring to cool off.
The best part about these Florida gems? The balmy Florida weather makes these the perfect places to visit year-round. Take in the local wildlife with a walking tour on a cool spring day, or relax in the springs for a way to escape summer’s heat. No matter when you visit Florida, make your way to the real attraction: the beauty of the state.
Looking to explore the natural treasures hiding amongst North Florida’s forests? The ideal location and Southern charm of Alliance Hill RV Resort offers RVers a perfect launch point, proving that you don’t need white sand beaches to experience the perfect Florida vacation!
Spring came early to North Florida this year, sweeping in mid-afternoon showers, pollen from blooming flowers, and, of course, adventurous RVers. With summer just around the corner, Marianna temperatures will soon reach 90 degrees – a dream for Florida vacationers and sun-seeking RV owners.
Unlike Central and South Florida, North Florida’s most beautiful scenery isn’t white sand beaches; they’re karst formations or landscapes formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks from years of trickling water. Trade in getting sand lodged between your toes (and other places) for swimming in the bluest of freshwater springs or hiking amongst old growth forests. From springs to creeks and underwater caves to dry caverns, North Florida’s breathtaking natural wonders present RVers with a truly unique Florida experience.
Jackson Blue Springs Recreation Area, conveniently located five miles east of Marianna, is a natural freshwater spring with a sprawling underwater cave system. Nature enthusiasts can hike the wooded trails surrounding the springhead and expect to see native wildlife like herons, cormorants, and ibis, as well as turtles. Experienced scuba divers can rent diving equipment from Cave Adventurers to explore the magnificent underwater cave complex. Or if you’re just looking to bask in the blue waters, individuals can rent tubes, canoes, and paddle boats.
Blue Springs is located at 5461 Blue Springs Highway Marianna, FL 32447. The spring opens to the public the weekend of May 28th and will remain open seven days a week until August 7th, at which point it will only be open on weekends until September 5th. There is an admission fee of $4.00 per person and the park gates open at 9:30am and close at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive earlier given the location’s massive popularity amongst tourists and locals, alike.
Individuals can rent canoes or paddle boats for $10.00/hour or rent tubes, volleyballs, and basketballs for $1.00/hour. There is a fee of $30.00 to dive in the limestone caves. To learn more about planning a day trip to Blue Springs call (850)-482-2114 or visit their website: Blue Springs.
You can thank thousands of years of water erosion for the glistening and spectacular caves at Florida Caverns State Park. A beautiful example of the karst topography that dominates the North Florida region, the dry caverns offer vacationers a unique respite from the Sunshine State’s iconic beaches. Stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws and flowstones decorate the air-filled caves, creating a mesmerizing display of limestone formations.
Visitors can explore the vast caverns on guided 45-minute tours that are available five days a week except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The tour is considered to be moderately strenuous, so individuals with certain disabilities or health concerns can call the Ranger Station at (850)-482-1228 to better understand the tour’s difficulty. In addition, an audiovisual program can be viewed at specific areas of the park and at the visitor center.
Florida Caverns State Park isn’t all about exploring cave passages, either. Visitors can play a round of golf on the park’s nine-hole golf course dating back to the New-Deal era. Or, individuals can fish or boat along the Chipola River, which has its own boat ramp, and swim or canoe on Blue Hole spring, a refreshing 2-vent spring.
The park is located at 3345 Caverns Road Marianna, FL 32446, just three miles north of downtown Marianna. The park opens at 8:00am and is open 365 days a year, except for major holidays. There is an admission fee of $5.00 per vehicle with a maximum capacity of 2-8 passengers and $2.00 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers. Learn more about the state park or book your guided cave tour on their website: Florida Caverns State Park
Want to spend the day floating in Florida’s emerald waters? Then Bear Paw Escape is for you! Visitors can float along the Chipola River in rental tubes, kayaks or canoes and enjoy spectacular views of old growth forests, freshwater springs and winding creeks.
Guests wanting to rent a tube can choose between five different types: a regular black tube for $15.00, a caddilac tube for $20.00, big bertha (fits two) for $30.00, the air head boat shaped tube for $25.00 and the wow zoom for $40.00 (fits two). There’s only one tubing trip offered, which takes visitors on a four-hour floating excursion down Spring Creek.If you want a more fast-paced river adventure, visitors can rent a kayak or canoe for $35.00 and choose between three different river trips, as well as the Spring Creek trip. There’s the Hinson Trip, which takes three hours for canoes and two hours for kayaks to finish and features a large cavern and several freshwater springs. The Yancey Bridge trip will take five hours by canoe or three and a half hours by kayak to complete the 9.8-mile aquatic journey. The last option, the Peacock Bridge Trip, is an ideal route for experienced or daring handlers as the trip features several small whitewater rapids. It will take visitors four and a half hours to float by canoe and three and half hours by kayak to finish this 14-mile adventure.
Bear Paw is located at 2100 Bear Paw Lane Marianna, FL 32448 and opens every day at 8:00am. All trips include a parking pass, shuttle pass, and necessary equipment. Bear Paw escapees purchase their trip options at the Bear Paw office, park their vehicle in the parking lot and then wait for a shuttle to take them to the launch destination. It is very important to note that Bear Paw does not offer instructions on how to use equipment and doesn’t have lifeguards or perform rescue missions.
To learn more about Bear Paw Escape’s river trips, prices and rules check out their website at BearPawEscape.com or call (850)-482-4948.
Florida-bound RVers and Big Rig owners can park their RV overnight or even stay for a month on our spacious 65 ft lots equipped with 30-amp and 50-amp hookups, as well as sewer, water, and electrical service. The Resort is a gated community, offering peace-of-mind during your stay as well as plenty of entertainment with the park’s swimming pool, clubhouse, and dog park.
Jackson County commissioners have approved plans for recreation development at Lake Seminole, which would quadruple water recreation and activities. The Chattahoochee and Flint rivers flow into the 37,000 acre reservoir as the Apalachicola River, helping create the beautiful waters iconic to Florida. Continue reading
You know spring has arrived in Florida when the late afternoon showers begin and the ground is covered in a blanket of fuzzy pollen. But in Jackson County, spring has officially arrived when the outdoor events, festivals, and tournaments are finally back from a winter of hibernating.
Blue Springs, an iconic natural landmark to North Florida, will finally open back up to the public May 25th and will open seven days a week until August 18th and weekends until Labor Day. The spring flows at an average rate of 76 million gallons of water a day that feed into Merritts Mill Pond—another prized ecotourism destination in the Marianna area. Continue reading