Suwannee River State Park
Live Oak, Florida 32060
Suwannee River State Park is a Florida State
Park located near Live Oak. It offers some of the best backcountry
canoeing opportunities in the state.
Visitors can see cypress trees, southern
magnolia, herons, American coots, turtles and hawks. The park is open
Welcome to Suwannee River!
About a quarter mile past the ranger station, a
high bluff overlooks the spot where the Withlacoochee River joins the
Suwannee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Vestiges of history
in the park show how important the Suwannee River was to Florida
history. Along the river are long mounds of earthworks built during
the Civil War to guard against incursions by Union Navy
Other remnants from the past include one of the
state�s oldest cemeteries, and a paddle-wheel shaft from a 19th
century steamboat. Five trails, ranging from a quarter mile to 18
miles, loop through surrounding woodlands and provide panoramic views
of the rivers.
Other activities include fishing, picnicking,
and canoeing; for overnight stays, the park has a full-facility
campground and cabins. Located 13 miles west of Live Oak, off U.S. 90.
The park has such amenities as birding, boating,
cabins, canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, picnicking areas,
snorkeling, swimming, wildlife viewing and full camping facilities.
- Boat Ramp
- Boat ramps are available for various
watercrafts, including boats, canoes, and kayaks.
- Conserve water and energy and help us save
nature�s resources while vacationing in a beautiful Florida State
- Florida state parks will begin a new initiative
for cabin guests on
July 1, 2009, which will save water, detergent, electricity and
related costs. Florida state parks will no longer supply bedroom,
bathroom or kitchen linens for cabin or yurt stays, including sheets,
blankets, pillowcases, mattress pads, bed covers, towels (bath towels,
hand towels, face towels, or dish towels), or bathmats.
- When making
reservations, available beds and bed sizes may be found by looking
online at the Site Type details pages for the cabins.
- The park has five full service cabins which
sleep 6 and include a dishwasher, fireplace and large screened porch. Please
note that pets are not allowed in the cabins. Cabin Reservations
can be made up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America online
or calling 1-866 I CAMP FL (1-866-422-6735) or 1-800-326-3521.
- One ADA cabin is available for reservation.
- Canoeing & Kayaking
- Both upper portions of the Suwannee River Canoe
Trail and the Withlacoochee River Canoe Trail begin in Georgia and end
at the park. The lower Suwannee River Canoe Trail begins at the park
and ends at the Gulf of Mexico.
- Visitors can enjoy fishing along the bank of the
Suwannee River. Catches of catfish, bass, and panfish reward the
persistent angler. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required
for person�s 16 years of age and older.
Full Facility Camping -
- Picnic tables, electric, and a grill are
provided at all 30 campsites located in the family campground. A
restroom with hot showers is within close proximity. Inquire at the
ranger station for the availability of firewood and ice. Pets are
allowed in the campground. See our Official Pet Policy for more
- Nature Trails
- Nature study is easy on the Suwannee River
Trail, which winds along the high banks of the river and along Lime
Sink Run. Interpretive labels explain the hammock and its various
plants and animals for those who take the self-guided tour.
Sandhills Trail takes visitors from the picnic area to the Columbus
Cemetery. The open forest of pines here contrasts with the hardwood
hammock along the river trail. A section of this trail runs along the
route of the old stage road, which ran from Pensacola to Jacksonville
and was the major route of travel in the early 1800s.
- Note: All trails
are for foot traffic only. Vehicles and horses are not permitted.
- Pet Camping
- Pet camping is available in our campground.
Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Pets must
be confined, leashed, or otherwise under the physical control of a
person at all times. Leashes must be hand-held and may not exceed six
feet in length. Pets must be well-behaved at all times and must be
confined in the owner's camping unit during designated quiet hours
(11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.). Unconfined pets must be leashed and cannot
be left unattended for more than thirty minutes. Pet owners are
required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet
droppings in trash receptacles. Pets considered a nuisance are not
allowed to remain in the park.
- Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Suwannee River
State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can
not be left unattended for more than a half-hour. Dogs are not
permitted in our buildings or cabins.
- Two picnic pavilions are available in addition
to the individual picnic tables and grills. Picnic tables and grills
are standard at the 31 campsites located in the family campground.
- The campground at Suwannee River State Park has
31 campsites available through the Reserve America system. They can
accommodate RV type campers and tent campers as most sites depending
upon size of each camping rig. Each site is equipped with electrical
hookups (20 & 30 Amps), water, picnic table, and ground grill fire
ring. There is a dump station located within the campground facility.
All campers must register at the Ranger Station.
- Wildlife Viewing
- Wildlife viewing is possible at this park
- Youth Camping
- Youth Group camping is available
- Youth Camping
- Two youth tent camping areas for use by
organized, non-profit youth groups are available. Youth Camping fees
are $4.00 for both adults and youth.
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