What to do in Suwannee River State Park

Suwannee River State Park is the site where the scenic Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers converge. Note: There are two Withlacoochee Rivers in the state of Florida. This particular river begins in Georgia ending at this park while the other runs between the cities of Ocala and Tampa. The Suwannee River is steeped in history from the days of plantations and logging empires, of paddlewheel steamers, of Civil War routes, and of quiet settlers who forged the land and rivers. The site once supported several settlements including the town of Columbus. Visible today are the cemetery ruins captured by a wrought-iron fence. A Florida governor once called this area home but all that remains are memories. What are visible today are the earthworks created by Confederate Civil War soldiers as they protected a railroad bridge sought by Union troops advancing from Jacksonville. These earthworks may be viewed as hikers travel from the ranger station to the rivers' overlook.

From the overlook, and when waters are low, keep an eye out for springs that may be bubbling from the banks of both rivers. An unusual sight indeed. Suwannee River was one of Florida's first state parks. The original site comprised a mere 300 acres when originally purchased in 1936. Today, the park holds 1,800 areas in Suwannee, Madison, and Hamilton Counties.

The Suwannee River State Park is a quiet park where canoeing, picnicking, hiking and camping are enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Several hiking trails give visitors a good overview of the area's plant life. Quiet hikers may enjoy a variety of wildlife as they explore the limestone strewn trails. A 4.6-mile segment of the Florida Trail travels through the park. The rivers support beaver, alligators, raccoon, and a variety of wading birds.

A boat ramps provides access to the Suwannee River at the location where the Upper Suwannee River Canoe Trail and the Withlacoochee River Canoe Trail terminate. The park is also the trailhead for the Lower Suwannee River Trail.

A full-service campground offers 31 campsites, all with electric hookup and suitable for tents and RVs. Additionally, some of the sites are handicapped accessible. Organized non-profit groups may reserve a youth group area.

Healthy populations of catfish, bass and pan fish keep anglers busy. Picnic shelters and a smattering of individual tables offer quiet semi-shady outdoor dining.

Recreation
Visitors tothe Suwannee River State Park come here to canoe. There are three main canoe trails, two terminating and one beginning at the park. Campers will find several overnight choices. Picnickers can enjoy a leisurely outdoor meal along the banks of the black muddy water.

Location
Suwannee River State Park is located off U.S. Highway 90, 13 miles west of Live Oak.

Climate
Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Address
Route 8, Box 297
Live Oak, FL 32060

Phone: 904-362-2746

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