|Many snowbirds know Lake City as "The Gateway to Florida" because Interstate 75 runs through it, carrying a large percentage of Florida's tourist traffic. Lake City is the northernmost sizable town in Florida on Interstate 75.
Located in the North Central area of Florida, about 40 miles down from the Georgia line, it is 60 miles to the beach east or west. I-10 crosses I-75. Lake City is about 45 miles from Gainesville, 60 from Jacksonville and approximately 104 miles from Tallahassee, the state capital.
Lake City is the county seat of Columbia County, Florida, with an estimated population of over 15,000 and .growing rapidly. The town was known as Alligator but the name was changed as it was not conducive to getting people to move in.
It has all the convenience of a large community, and a small community flavor where folks lounge about on the front porch of an evening.
It is often referred to as the freshwater recreation capital of America. More than 100 springs are located within a 50 mile radius of Lake City, including the world-famous Ichetucknee Springs.
There is canoeing, tubing and diving, fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, bird watching and camping. Other area attractions include the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, Big Shoals State Forest (the state's only whitewater rafting), Olustee Beach, and the Suwannee River. Do you remember the song Suwannee River?
If a slow rural pace is what you seek, then Lake City is a place you could proudly call home, a peaceful country setting with moss draped oak trees, running streams and rivers, and year round mild temperatures.
The pace is slower, the waters crystal clear and abundant. The hospitality is pure southern and beckons you to the area. Lake City is like a breath of fresh air, a great place to stop, a great place to live.