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Stephen Foster - Hiking Nature Trail

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Hikers will traverse some of the most beautiful natural features including high river bluffs and limestone outcroppings, fun elevations throughout the floodplain swamp forest, hammocks, piney flatwoods and many other beautiful and scenic natural communities within the park. Hiking alongside the Suwannee River visitors can see limestone outcroppings and rock formations. Gopher tortoise, box turtles, alligators, white-tailed deer, wood ducks and many bird species are companions along the forested trails.

Stephen Foster’s Hammock Loop Trail is an 8-mile single track mountain biking and hiking trial. Catfish Hole, the Overlook, “Beaver Crossing” and other unique areas along this scenic trail provide hikers with an exclusive adventure throughout the Upper Suwannee River Valley’s diverse topography.

All of our trails are multi-use for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding except the Florida Trail (FTA) which is hiking only.

Proof of a negative Coggins test is required for horseback riding.

Lower Wekiva River - Hiking Nature Trail

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The self-guided Sand Hill Nature Trail offers a leisurely 50-minute walk (approximately 2.5 miles) can be accessed thru the Souther Entrance of the Lower Wekiva River Preserve of State Road 46.

The Florida National Scenic Trail runs through Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park and is maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

There are 18 miles of multi-use trailsfor hiking accessible at the Northern entrance of the Preserve off S.R. 44. Because these trails are multi-use and used mainly as an equestrian trail, be prepared to meet the occasional bicyclist, horseback rider, or park vehicle.

Please stay on designated trails, hike responsibly, and respect the park's visitors and wildlife. The park closes at sundown and you must exit the park at that time, so please plan your hike accordingly.

Stephen Foster - Fishing

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Fresh water fish are plentiful, especially when traveling the river by canoe. Large-mouth bass, black crappie, known locally as speckled perch, channel catfish, and many types of sunfish and bream are swimming and breeding in the waters year-round.

 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Stephen Foster - Canoeing and Kayaking

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For about six months a year, water levels in the Suwannee make the river accessible only by canoe. In the springtime, wild azaleas crowd the ridgeline above the river. During periods of low water flow, limestone outcroppings, small caves, rock formations and overhangs can be enjoyed along the river course. Alligators and turtles can be viewed in their natural habitats. Canoeing also affords visitors excellent fishing opportunities. Canoe rentals are available locally.

Florida Keys - Wildlife Viewing

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The trail offers access to many points of interest with opportunities for wildlife viewing including the Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, The Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, Crocodile Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Key West National Marine Sanctuary, as well as 10 state parks.

Stephen Foster - Camping, Primitive Grp

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Two primitive group camping areas can accommodate up to 20 people at each location. Carter Camping area and Cable Crossing Camping Area are situated behind the park's campground on River Road. Carter Camp is located approximately 1,500 feet from the park's main campground and Cable Crossing primitive camping area is located adjacent to the Suwannee River. Each camping area has a picnic table and a group fire ring. Sites are primitive and do not have running water, electricity or restrooms. Parking is limited and the camps are accessed through a dirt road off of the main campground. Collection of firewood or cutting of trees is prohibited. Firewood is available for sale at the park entrance station. Call the park for reservations at (386) 397-4331.

A youth camping area accommodates up to 20 people. Sites are primitive. Call the park for reservations at (386) 397-4331.

 

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