Central to the cultural heritage of Old Florida Heritage Highway is Florida’s Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home at Cross Creek where she lived and worked from 1928-1953 and wrote her novel The Yearling. Her cracker-style home and farm are part of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.
Among the intrinsic resources along the corridor are Paynes Prairie State Preserve; the University of Florida’s Lake Wauberg recreation area, forested and pastoral countryside interspersed with smaller lakes, prairies, and rural homesteads; and the historic communities of Micanopy, Rochelle, Evinston and Cross Creek.
CR 325, and CR 346’s rural roadside environment offers refuge for the winter migration of sandhill cranes and viewing areas of bald eagles.
The area along Scenic US 441 and the loop/spur roads offers a plethora of recreational opportunities, including bicycling, camping, bird watching, canoeing, hiking, and equestrian activities.
Florida Scenic Highways are often referred to as “byways.” One of the main requirements of scenic byway designation is that it show one or more of six key intrinsic qualities: Historic, Archaeological, Scenic, Cultural, Natural, and Recreational. Learn more about the Florida Scenic Highway program at http://floridascenichighways.com/