Defined by the confluence of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers creating the Apalachicola River, Three Rivers State Park includes Lake Seminole, a top-notch bass fishing destination, as well as a large lakeside campground with a wheelchair-accessible rental cabin, picnic pavilions, several hiking trails, and canoe rentals.
Length: Up to 2.5 miles in two loops
Lat-Long: 30.746500, -84.931800
Fees / Permits: state park admission fee
Good for: big trees, birding, campground
Bug factor: low to moderate
Lake Seminole is known for its healthy alligator population, so be cautious where the Lakeview Trail gets near the shore.
Three Rivers State Park website
From US 90 in Sneads, follow SR 271 north to the park entrance. Continue on the park entrance road until it reaches an intersection; turn left and follow the signs into the campground.
The Lakeview and Ridge Trails at Three Rivers State Park form a 2 mile loop starting at the day use area, with a connector to the campground. This loop trail provides a scenic walk through a shady hardwood forest on the shores of Lake Seminole, a reservoir formed at the confluence of the rivers that create the Apalachicola River.
When you reach the fork, keep right to enjoy the lakeshore first, walking beneath massive spruce pine, elm, beech, southern magnolia, and hickory trees. The trail loops around past the campground and continues back through the shady forest (farther up the bluffs) to the trailhead. You’ll enjoy great views of Lake Seminole along much of the hike, and the hickories, elms, and magnolias of this river bluff forest are simply immense.
The Dry Creek Trail, which leads to the Eagle Trail, begins at the east end of the day use area.