Take a Day Trip to Suwannee River State Park

During 1818, Andrew Jackson led U.S. forces through this area searching for American Indian strongholds believed responsible for raiding settlers. Vestiges of history in the park show how important the Suwannee River was to Florida history.

One can find an earthworks mound built during the Civil War to defend the railroad crossing that supplied Confederate troops. The town of Columbus, established in 1841, was also located here. This town once prospered from river steamboat traffic carrying passengers and freight. The Columbus Cemetery, one of the state’s oldest, and old stagecoach road, a major 1800s route of travel from Pensacola to Jacksonville, can still be visited in the park’s sandhills. Initial acquisition of the park took place in 1936 and it was formally opened in 1951.

Bicycling
Suwannee River’s trails offer a variety of challenges to cyclists. Choose from the paved park drive to off-road and great fat tire bicycle trails through hardwood canopies, pine and palmetto forests and alongside the bluffs overlooking the Suwannee River.

Camping
Located near the Suwannee River, the campground offers 30 oak-shaded sites with electricity, water, sewer, picnic table and fire ring. Three campsites are ADA accessible. The campground offers an ADA accessible restroom with showers. A dump station is also available.

Boating & Paddling
Suwannee River State Park offers access to the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers for your boating enjoyment. Paddle access is provided to the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers from the boat ramp. There are no canoes for rent at Suwannee River State Park; however, rental options are available nearby.

Birding
Birding enthusiasts will find a large variety of species at Suwannee River, including herons and egrets, wood ducks, red-tailed hawks and red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers, barred owls, warblers, vireos, wrens, swallows and thrashers.

Fishing
Suwannee River State Park has outstanding fishing opportunities. Not only can you fish on the Suwannee River, but also at the river’s confluence with the Withlacoochee River – a great location to try your luck. A boat launch provides anglers ease of access to the rivers by boat, canoe or kayak.

For more info visit https://www.floridastateparks.org.