Location & Maps
Deep Creek is one of the most conveniently located plantations in Florida. It is located in North Central Florida, just Northeast of the I-10 and I-75 interchange between Tallahassee and Jacksonville. It borders the Big Shoals State Park and the Osceola National Forest in an area that is known as the ecotourism center of Florida. Although the Plantation is very private, the area has a multitude of recreational activities from the Florida Scenic Nature Trail on the South boundary to miles of different trails and parks nearby.
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From South and Central Florida, Deep Creek is located an hour closer than the major plantations of the Tallahassee/Thomasville belt. From Atlanta, due to the convenience of I-75, Deep Creek Plantation is essentially the same distance as plantations in Tallahassee/Thomasville. Deep Creek is approximately one hour from Jacksonville. There is a public airport with an 8,000 ft paved runway in Lake City, large enough to accommodate any size jet, and is only 12 minutes from the Plantation. Commercial airports are conveniently located in Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Valdosta; all about one hour away.
The immediate neighborhood around the plantation primarily consists of the 4,000± acre Big Shoals State Park & Forest and other critical conservation lands. Most of the adjacent river frontage is part of the Big Shoals State Park. Over 90% of this section of river is protected by state lands, parks, conservation easements, and state forests. A portion of Deep Creek Plantation itself is under a conservation easement. This is one of the most pristine areas in the state. Deep Creek is also situated in the "O2O" Osceola National Forest Greenway which is well on its way to protecting one million almost contiguous acres stretching some 200 miles! Not only is Deep Creek bordering the only true whitewater in the state, but it is nearby one of the largest waterfalls in the state. Falling Creek Falls is a tributary of the Suwannee River and a highly recommended spot to take friends and family. This is truly an exceptional recreation area based on the traditions of natural Florida rarely seen.
Privately held neighbors include long held family recreational lands and include some notable properties. There are a few other large plantations in the area such as the famous Chinquapin to the south and several famous fee hunting properties including Bienville Plantation, Charlie Horse Plantation, and Carter's Pasture. The "town" of Deep Creek consists of Milton's Country Store. This store is reminiscent of the old days and has a lot of local flavor. Tourists on their way to the Okefenokee National Refuge or various parks, Osceola National Forest as well as locals frequent the restaurant. It has a diner with daily country blue plate specials, weigh in station for FWC and year round center of community activity. It is a great asset to have this store so close to the plantation.
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