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Day 3: Brooksville to Fanning Springs State Park (85 Miles)
Follow Route 98 along the coast of Florida's all-natural Big Bend. Detour to Fanning Springs State Park (352.463.3420; www.floridastateparks.org/fanningsprings) and set up camp in one of the two-bedroom cabins with gas fireplaces. Then get ready to do some paddling way down upon the Suwannee River. Rent a canoe or kayak from Suwannee River Tours (352.493.6072) in Fannings Springs, and paddle around the sparkling springs. The very ambitious can do the seven-mile run to Manatee Springs State Park (352.493.6072; www.floridastateparks.org/manateesprings). To cool off, take a dip in the crystal-clear constant-72-degree spring waters. Snorkelers meanwhile, head for those at nearby Fanning Springs.

Day 4: Fanning Springs Park to Apalachicola National Forest (120 Miles)
Continue northwest along Highway 98 to Wakulla Springs State Park (850.224.5950; www.floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings). Take the 30-minute glass-bottom boat tour into one of the world's largest and deepest springs, where loads of old-school Tarzan flicks were filmed. Have lunch in the park's historic lodge dining room, featuring Southern specialties, then continue on to Apalachicola National Forest (850.643.2282; www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida) and set up camp for a couple of nights. Several of the recreation areas provide camp sites. Wright Lake Recreation Area has the most sites and facilities, including hot showers, flush toilets, and RV hookups. The lake affords opportunity for fishing and canoeing (but no rentals).

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