FLORIDA TRAIL (SUWANEE RIVER)

Location: Northern Florida
Trip Starts: Town of White Springs
Trip Ends: Gibson County Park
Total Distance: 36.2 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Florida Trail
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Multi-Day HIke
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The Florida Trail Association LLC
1022 NW 2nd Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 378-8823
https://floridatrail.org/

Highlights:

The Florida National Scenic Trail is a 1,500 mile federally designated trail beginning at Big Cypress National Preserve and ending at Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was was officially designated as a National Scenic Trail in 1983, and is managed by more than 25 different agencies and private partners. The Florida Trail Association is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for developing, maintaining, protecting, & promoting a network of hiking trails throughout the state – including the Florida Trail.

This section off the Florida Trail follows the Suwanee River, and on our hike we followed it upstream starting at the town of White Springs and ending at Gibson County Park. The largest climb in this section is only 80′ feet up Devil’s Mountain, but the terrain is surprisingly challenging as the Trail frequently follows the banks of the tannin colored river. There are sink holes, springs, and beautiful white sand beaches on this hike – so it is a favorite among backpackers. For the best weather, try late winter before the spring floods arrive and to avoid the heat nd insects that are present spring through fall.

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