If you’d rather explore Mother Nature’s theme parks than Florida’s man-made theme parks, then you’re in for a real treat. The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is 170 miles of river adventure, including over 100 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails along the way. Whether you want to spend just a few hours on the river or multiple day excursions, you’re sure to find the right adventure to suit you and your family’s tastes.
What sets this canoe/kayak adventure apart from the rest are the many cultural, historical and natural features along the way. Dotted at perfect intervals a days paddle apart are state parks, cabin rentals and many towns and hubs. Many different outfitters and suppliers offer everything you and your adventure mates will need when exploring the gorgeous Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.
Since the hubs are set apart a day’s paddle or hike away from one another, it allows visitors the opportunity to prepare a wide variety of trips and adventures. River camps are set apart 10 miles from each other. These camps offer elevated screened in sleeping platforms for up to eight guests. Electricity and ceiling fans ensure it won’t be too rough when you’re roughing it. Best of all, hot showers are available at each river camp.
While walk ins are alright, it’s best to reserve one of these river camp platforms before you go. Call (800)326-3521 or (800) I CAMP FL for phone reservations or go online at reserveamerica.com to reserve your spot. There is no public vehicle access to the river camps, but several outfitters can provide your camp with supplies upon request.
Planning your Suwannee River Wilderness adventure is easy; just click this link for a map. The several historic towns along the way provide a perfect stop over for stretching your legs and seeing the sites. White Springs offer visitors a leisurely stroll through the historic downtown to peruse antiques shops, Victorian era homes and the world famous Stephen Foster Cultural Center, named after the man who wrote the famous song “Old Folks at Home”. Bed and breakfasts, hotels and cabin rentals make this town the perfect place to begin your adventure.
With so much to do, it’s hard to see it all. Visit the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail website here for all of the information you will need to plan the ultimate warm weather winter adventure.