|"Gateway to Florida"|
|Columbia County and
its county seat, Lake City, have a total population of approximately 56,600 people. Known
as the "Gateway to Florida," Columbia County is the hub of the interstate system
where I-10, east and west, and I-75, north and south, intersect. Lake City is midway
between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Coast in the northern region of the state.
Newcomers to Lake City are delighted by the tranquil farmlands and abundant lakes throughout the county. Tall pines, large oaks and Spanish moss give it an "old South" atmosphere. Visitors seeking Florida's legendary sunshine are within a 90 minute drive to beaches on either coast. Lakes, campgrounds, sparkling springs and nature trails along the beautiful Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers provide many opportunities for boating, fishing, camping and hiking. The Osceola National Forest is within 5 miles of downtown Lake City.
But location and climate are just two of the many appealing features Lake City has to offer. The Lake City Community College offers stimulating and diversified intellectual atmosphere for both students and residents. Events such as the Olustee Festival, Alligator Fest, Gateway Pro Rodeo, Hog Wild and Pig Crazy plus many more attract many visitors to our area. Hunting, fishing and water sports abound.
The average annual rainfall is 56.8 inches.
The Lake City Municipal Airport located east of Lake City, serves small aircraft and charter flights. Its 8,000 foot runway is lighted and paved.
The regional airport at Gainesville is only 45 miles away and has commercial carriers offering full service daily. Jacksonville, which is 65 miles away, also offers major commercial service several times daily.
Passenger service is available and is located at Amtrak. The Amtrak station is located on Lake Jeffery Road, in Lake City.
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