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Suwannee River State Park

Suwannee River State Park is situated where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Within the view of the confluence is Suwanacoochee Spring, a single-vent, second-magnitude spring on the southwest bank of the Withlacoochee.

Image of The spring has a small, 15-foot-diameter pool in an exposed limestone outcropping and at the base of a 25-foot-high river bank.The spring has a small, 15-foot-diameter pool in an exposed limestone outcropping and at the base of a 25-foot-high river bank.

The spring gushes with some force into the river, passing through the ruins of a walled structure made with large concrete blocks. This structure is alternately described as the bathhouse of a century-old spa and a saw mill that was once powered by the spring.

Cave divers have mapped several thousand feet of passage within the Suwanacoochee Spring Cave System and the Cathedral-Falmouth Cave System, establishing connections between Suwanacoochee Springs and several springs and karst windows outside the park.

Cave divers also report that Suwanacoochee and Ellaville Springs are connected by a conduit that extends under the Suwannee River. Suwannee River State Park is a full-service state park with many natural and cultural resources and recreational opportunities. The park is located 13 miles west of Live Oak, off U.S. Highway 90.

At a Glance:

Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, fishing, hiking, equestrian trails, wildlife viewing, picnic area, playground, cabins, camping, youth camping

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: No

Onsite Camping: Yes–cabins also available

Dogs Allowed: Yes–see state park website for rules

Type of Park: Florida state park

Address and Contact Information:

Suwannee River State Park

20185 County Road 132

Live Oak, FL 32060

Phone: (386) 362–2746

Get More Information:

http://floridastateparks.org/suwanneeriver/

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