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The Suwannee River winding its way under trees overhanging the banks.
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About the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Visitors can begin their adventure on the 170-mile Suwannee River Wilderness Trail in White Springs, Florida. Here, they will find the upper Suwannee narrow, flowing through towering pines and stately cypress that line the riverbanks and high bluffs. A slow and lazy current make it an ideal setting for picnics and leisurely paddling outings.

The middle stretch from Suwannee River State Park to the town of Branford is spring country. The river widens, with numerous springs and small shoals adding to its character. On hot summer days, spring hopping is a popular pastime for paddlers and boaters who stop to enjoy a cool dip in the clear spring waters.

The lower Suwannee, past the town of Branford, runs wide and deep, making it a favorite area for motor boats and paddlers. The sandy banks become lower, sloping gently toward the river. Anglers on the lower Suwannee have their choice of saltwater or freshwater catches.

From whichever point along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail you enter the river, you will remember the sound of the river, echoing ancient stories, carrying the tune of cultures past and present for as long as the river flows.


Tell us about your experience on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. Sharing your experiences with others will help them prepare for their time on the water. Send comments and photos to Martha Robinson.


Download the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail Discovery Pack featuring a map of the Trail, Frequently Asked Questions and a Directory of Campgrounds and Lodging and Outfitters.

Outfitters / Supplies Florida State Parks

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and the counties, cities, businesses and citizens of the Suwannee River Basin.

The listing of these private partners is for information purposes only and not an endorsement of that partner by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida State Parks or the Suwannee River Water Management District.

Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
(800) 868-9914

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Recreation and Parks
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399
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