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Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (FL)

Length: 170 miles
Waterways: Suwannee & Santa Fe Rivers
    North Central Panhandle to Gulf Coast area of Florida
Accomodations: 3 River Camps, 8 "Hubs", 9 Parks

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.

Map of the Trail:


  • White Springs, FL
  • Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
  • Suwannee River SP at Ellaville, FL
  • Dowling Park
  • Lafayette Blue Springs SP near Mayo, FL
  • Branford, FL
  • Fanning Springs SP
  • Suwannee, FL
The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is 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.

"Hubs" are towns or parks from which visitors can explore the river and its surrounding areas by canoe or boat, bicycle, horse, automobile or on foot. A wide range of goods and services are provided to meet visitors' needs. Visitors can enjoy special events, shopping and other activities. River camps will be located a day's paddle between hubs. Accessible only from the river, the camps provide covered camping platforms, primitive camping and restrooms with hot showers.

Contact Information:
10499 Spring Street
White Springs, FL 32096
phone: 800-868-9914

website: Watertrail Index

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