You can paddle, hike, bicycle, horseback ride, camp, fish, boat and watch wildlife on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. Cool, clear springs offer opportunities to swim, snorkel and scuba dive. Special events such as the Florida Folk Festival and Red Belly Days are always fun. Towns along the river offer enchanting inns, excellent restaurants and quaint shops. The Suwannee provides a route through miles of ...the real Florida. You can choose to paddle the length of the Suwannee River or take it a few river miles at a time.
Hiking and Biking Trails
If you enjoy hiking and biking, the Suwannee River Basin offers excellent opportunities for leisurely walks or overnight hiking trips. Both on-road and off-road trails invite bicyclist to explore the area. Trails are available to meet or challenge the riding skills for your entire family.
Big Shoals State Park offers more than 30 miles of wooded trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. The Woodpecker Trail, a four-mile long multipurpose paved trail, connects the Little Shoals and Big Shoals entrances to the park. A variety of trail challenges for bicyclists are available. You¿ll enjoy 13 natural communities along 33 miles of trails.
The Suwannee Bicycle Association hosts a Fat-Tire Festival in White Springs in the autumn and weekend rides throughout the year. The town of White Springs has accommodated bicyclists with marked riding lanes through town along Highway 41.
At Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, the 4-mile long Carter Camp Trail winds through piney flatwoods and along a river flood plain hammock. A portion of this trail is designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, which travels about 100 miles through north central Florida along the Suwannee River.
You'll enjoy nature study along the Suwannee River Trail at Suwannee River State Park. This trail winds along the high banks of the river and along Lime Sink Run. You can hike the Sandhills Trail from the picnic area to Columbus Cemetery. A section of this trail runs along the route of the old stage road, which ran from Pensacola to Jacksonville and was the major road of travel in the early 1800s.
Nature trails along a series of sinkholes are being developed at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park. Animals typically observed in the mixed forest community include white-tailed deer, gray squirrel, red shouldered hawk, pileated woodpecker, barred owl, eastern glass lizard, and red bellied, gulf hammock rat, rough green and coral snakes.
You can hike along trails from the spring to the sink, tracing Peacock Springs' serpentine caves and caverns above ground. Photographs and maps showcase what lies just below your feet. You are shown a glimpse of an underwater world that few venture to see.
The Suwannee River Greenway at Branford provides 12 miles of paved trail with beautiful Florida scenery. A rail-trail that stretches from the Suwannee River to the Ichetucknee River, you'll want to cool off with a swim or tube ride at both ends.
At Ichetucknee Springs State Park you'll find three unique hiking trails. The Blue Hole Trail is an easy half mile walk through the forest and cypress flood plain leading to the Blue Hole Spring, the largest spring in the park. The Trestle Point trail is a self-guided 30-minute walk along a shaded path along the Ichetucknee River. The Pine Ridge Trail is a self-guided 2-mile loop through majestic sandhill with towering longleaf pine and wide-open vistas.
The Nature Coast State Trail offers 31.7 miles of paved hiking, inline skating and biking trails that connect the communities of Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland. A 4.5 mile equestrian trail runs adjacent to the paved trail in the Fanning Springs to Old Town Section just outside Fanning Springs State Park. The equestrian trail will eventually run the entire length of the park. Currently, parking for equestrians can be found at the Fanning Springs and Old Town trailheads. Among the trail's highlights is a historic train trestle that allows trail goers to cross over the Suwannee River near Old Town. The trail is also close to nearby Fanning Springs State Park and Andrews Wildlife Management Area.
You'll enjoy the three-quarter-mile nature trail through Fanning Springs State Park. Many of trees in the forest are over 60 feet tall.
There are 8.5 miles of nature trails at Manatee Springs State Park.
If horseback riding appeals to you, the Suwannee River Basin offers lots of opportunities to enjoy scenic trails. Proof of a negative Coggins test is required.
Big Shoals State Park offers more than 30 miles of wooded trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. The Woodpecker Trail, a four-mile-long multipurpose paved trail, connects the Little Shoals and Big Shoals entrances to the park.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park features a four-mile-long multi-use trail for horseback riding.
Boarding stables, horse camping and guided trail rides are available at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park north of Live Oak. This private park also offers concerts, campgrounds and cabins, a restaurant, gift shop and general store.
Horseback riding is available at Twin Rivers State Forest with 14,000 acres for recreation along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.
The Suwannee Springs and Twin Rivers recreation hubs offer horseback riding on lands managed by the Suwannee River Water Management District.
An equestrian facility and hiking trails are being developed at Troy Spring State Park.
The Suwannee River Greenway at Branford offers 12 miles of paved trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. This rail-trail provides beautiful views of old Florida.
Explore over 20 miles of trails at O¿Leno and River Rise state parks. End the day camping overnight with your horses. Located near the entrance to the park, the horse camp has primitive campsites, restrooms, and a 20-stall horse barn available on a first-come-first-served basis. Equestrian fees and camping fees are paid first at O´Leno State Park before entering River Rise State Park. The equestrian fee includes park admission.
The Nature Coast State Trail offers 4.5 miles of equestrian trails running adjacent to the paved trail in the town of Fanning Springs.
A full list of State Park
Special Events located along the Suwannee River can be found on the
State Parks' website.