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Although Forrester Realty resides in High Springs, Florida we serve most of Alachua County situated in North Central Florida. This a beautiful area rich in wildlife, picturesque landscapes, educational institutions, museums, state of the art hospitals, shopping, history and cultural diversity.

The county includes the cities of High Springs, Gainesvile, Newberry, Alachua, Archer, Jonesville, La Crosse, and Micanopy, Florida. Here you can find activities for any age and interest from horseback riding, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, and swimming to collegiate sports and more. The photos here speak for themselves as just a small sampling of what you can experience. It is a great place to raise a family, retire, or adventure in any of the area's beautiful parks.

Whether you are considering moving to High Springs, or another area nearby, please contact us to learn about ways we can help you find your perfect home in Florida.


Explore High Springs - a beautiful, scenic, historic town

The natural geography of the springs contributed to the establishment of High Springs and still plays an important role in the vibrancy of the town. High Springs, which still has the turn-of-the-century flavor, continues to grow and delight visitors and residents alike.

Being centrally located in North Florida makes it an attractive stop for visitors who enjoy shopping in charming antique shops, dining at local restaurants or just enjoying the scenery. Adventurers can explore the crystal clear water bubbling from the several natural springs along the Santa Fe River including Ginnie Springs, the Ichetucknee River, and the Santa Fe River. Other popular activities include camping, underwater cave diving, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking, hiking, biking and horseback riding.

History. The town was settled near the Natural Bridge created by the Santa Fe River. The river disappeared underground for enough distance for building the Bellamy Road, the first Florida Federal highway built in 1826 from Pensacola to St Augustine.

BusinessDistrictHighSpringsFLThe 1840 census showed settlers already in the area. However, the extension of the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railroad from Live Oak to Gainesville coupled with the discovery of phosphate in the area led to the development of a lively and somewhat rowdy frontier town.

With the growth of the town, Santaffey, which was the colloquial spelling of the nearby river, a post office and railroad station were established. The name was changed to Santa Fe in 1885, and then to High Springs in 1888.

In 1895, the railroad chose High Springs as the site for Plant Railroad System divisional headquarters. An extensive railroad yard, including engine repair shops and a roundhouse, was constructed during this period. With the coming of the railroad workers, all sorts of support personnel, merchants, doctors and bankers opened businesses in the growing town. With the coming of diesel engines in the 1950’s, the railroad yard gradually closed down. The old depot was renovated and moved to its present site as a railroad museum in 1994.

As of the 2010 census, there are 5,350 people and 1,801 households residing in the city along with 602 businesses.

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Gainesville, Florida is home to the University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College, 2 major hospitals, Cade Museum, Performing Arts, and The Butterfly Rainforest exhibit at the Natural History Museum. Much of its economy revolves around the university, which had nearly 55,000 students in fall 2016. Gainesville, Alachua, Newberry, Jonesville and Archer are only a short drive from beautiful and historic High Springs.

Gainesville is the only city with more than 10,000 residents in the Metropolitan Statistical area and it is surrounded by rural area, including the 21,000-acre (8,500 ha) wilderness of Paynes Prairie on its southern edge. The city is only about 90 minutes from Jacksonville, or Orlando, 2 hours driving time to Tampa and only 5 hours to Atlanta. Gainesville's tree canopy is both dense and species rich. The city has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation every year since 1982 as a "Tree City, USA". Within minutes of Gainesville are the small towns of Archer, Jonesville and Newberry.

To learn more about Gainesville, visit:

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Visit the city of Alachua:

Adventure to Fort White, home of the Ichnetucknee River:



Area Parks / Popular Recreation Areas:

Below are just a few of the area parks and natural areas that abound in Alachua County, Florida.

Ichnetucknee State Park
Drift down the spring-fed river as you relax and experience natural Florida.

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Pristine blue water and family fun in beautiful park with a collection of natural springs.

O'Leno State Park
Located along the banks of the scenic Santa Fe River, featuring sinkholes, hardwood hammocks, river swamps and sandhills. Great for hiking, camping or canoeing.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve
One of the few remaining mature forests in Florida boasts beautiful trails for hiking, running and horseback riding.

Devil's Millhopper State Geological State Park
Since the 1880s, visitors have climbed down 232 steps into this natural landmark, a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leading into a miniature rain forest. 

Dudley Farm Historic State Park
An authentic working farm, an enjoyable place to visit and a lot of opportunities for learning.