Micanopy holds the title of the oldest inland town in Florida. It means “head chief,” a title bestowed upon the leader of the Alachua Seminoles. Micanopy, “the town that time forgot,” is one of the best small towns in Florida.

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Ancient oaks draped with Spanish moss line Micanopy’s narrow streets. The shade is welcomed by the numerous historic homes and old cracker houses that create the picturesque warmth of the town.

Once occupied by the Alachua Seminoles, you can often see excavators and preservation initiatives searching for artifacts in residents’ yards. You can learn more the Alachua Seminoles at the Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve, which protects a Native American mound.

The town is so appealing, many films and television shows have been shot on location here, including Doc Hollywood, Cross Creek, and Top Gear! Shooting locations include the Herlong Mansion Bed & Breakfast, a Greek revival mansion.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park protects a massive natural basin in the “great Alachua Savannah.” Here, bison and wild horses roam free in the state’s largest grassland at 22,000 acres. At times, the fields are covered in wildflowers.