Blue Creek Run
The 4-mile Blue Creek Run (8 miles roundtrip) leads paddlers from the community of Astor to the St. Johns River. Blue Creek is known for its diverse wildlife, including a large population of alligators. Evening boaters have been known to spot as many as a dozen gators along the creek bed.
Astor is known for its quaint-style of living with family-owned restaurants and small vacation homes. Once a bustling commercial center on the St. Johns River, citrus from Lake County groves was sent to Astor by rail and then shipped to Jacksonville by steamboats. According to Emmett Peter Jr., author of Lake County, Florida: A Pictorial History, Astor is surrounded by the Ocala National Forest, where man coexists with the black bear, the osprey and the majestic eagle, a world "Created by God and not yet spoiled by man."
Places to Stay and Things to Do Near the Blue Creek Run
Cities around Blue Creek Run include Altoona and Astor. The Astor area is known for its quaint-style of living with family-owned restaurants, small vacation homes and bed and breakfasts. As you plan your stay in the Blue Creek Run area, why not consider a couple of nights at the Castaways on the River and maybe a night at the Villa Elena vacation property. You might want to mosey on down to the Blackwater Inn and dine at William’s Landing for a family style dining experience, then take an airboat ride in Blue Creek or Juniper Run area.
Fun Things to Do
This list is not all inclusive. For a complete list of accommodations, shopping, dining, attractions and events,
visit the Lake County Tourism website at: www.visitlakefl.com
Near body of water providing adequate food supply
Fish, sometimes catching 6 to 8 a day to feed a new family