Perched on the bluffs at the confluence of the Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers, Suwannee River State Park is one of those don’t-miss Florida outdoors experiences, with two ghost towns, Civil War battlements that once protected a strategic railroad bridge, and the ruins of a former governor’s riverfront mansion.
Location: Live Oak
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
Defined by ancient cypress trees and rugged limestone bluffs, the park encompasses both sides of the Suwannee River. On the north side, the Big Oak Trail lets backpackers enjoy a breezy peninsula above the river rapids. Springs bubble and flow into the river from bathtub-sized pools and slippery runs.
Grab a campsite or a cabin and take the time to sniff the wildflowers on their extensive system of hiking trails and nature trails.
Explore the park
- Big Oak Trail - The Big Oak Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in North Florida. Much of the hiking parallels the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, which meet here at a confluence.
- Hurricane damage to Florida parks - A comprehensive list of closures of and damage to parks, trails, and public campgrounds throughout Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
- Spring hopping around Tallahassee - Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.