The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail will be a system of hubs and river camps, spaced a convenient day's travel apart, so that visitors can enjoy a lazy day trip or a multi-day adventure on the Suwannee.
White Springs and Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail begins in White Springs, located along the upper Suwannee River. Here, the river is narrow and flows through towering pines and stately cypress that line steep riverbanks and high bluffs. Limestone cliffs and outcroppings, and white sandbars make the upper Suwannee an ideal setting for picnics and leisurely canoe or kayak outings.
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is famous for its music concerts. This private park also offers RV, tent and primitive camping and cabins. Visitors enjoy the restaurant and country store. A full service stable and horse camping are available. Horses are for rent.
Suwannee River State Park at Ellaville
Suwannee River State Park is a perfect place for spending time on the Suwannee River. Just inside the park, you¿ll find a high bluff that overlooks the spot where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing, hiking and picnicking are favorite activities in this park. Stay in one of five beautiful cabins or camp in the full-facility campground.
At Dowling Park, visitors find the Advent Christian Village, a retirement community on 1,000 acres on the historic Suwannee River. Visitors can stay at the Village Lodge, shop at the grocery store or visit the café. Medical facilities are available. Bird-watching, hiking and fishing are popular. Camp Suwannee River Excursions is ready with canoeing packages of your choice for a day on the river. Paddlers are welcome to visit to use facilities, take showers and picnic based on the vacancy rate. The lodge will also make arrangements for you to go horseback riding at a nearby stable.
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park near Mayo
Swimming and snorkeling in the spring is refreshing on a hot summer's day. River fishing is popular. 10 campsites are provided with water and 110 electric, and a group primitive camping area is also available at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park. Camping is available on a walk-in or paddle-in, first come, first serve basis. Portable restroom facilities are available. A restroom facility with a cold-water outdoor shower is available in the spring area. This park is accessible by boat from the Suwannee River as well as by car.
The river widens along the lower Suwannee near Branford. Sandy banks become lower and slope gently toward the river. Located in the heart of Florida's spring and river country, Branford is 20 minutes from High Springs, Live Oak, and Mayo-towns along the "Antique Trail."
The town of Fanning Springs, on U.S. 19 in Gilchrist County, offers restaurants, motels and the popular Fanning Springs State Park, where visitors can take a swim in the crystal clear waters of the spring. Vacation cabins are available for lodging. For more information, visit the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce.
A fishcamp/motel in Suwannee provides quick access to both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Campgrounds and motels are available in nearby Chiefland, Cross City and Old Town. Suwannee is an excellent base camp for anglers and seafood lovers. Anglers can cast for largemouth bass in the river or in freshwater creeks. The Suwannee and its tributaries are home to the Suwannee Bass, which is smaller than a largemouth bass and has a distinctive feature: red eyes. Redfish and speckled trout are found in grass beds at the mouth of the river. Grouper, Spanish mackerel and other saltwater catches are a short boat ride to the Gulf of Mexico.
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