Hamilton County Tourist Development Council
Jewel of the Suwannee Set amid the lush greenery, winding waterways and native wilderness, North Florida is one of the Sunshine State's little known and most precious treasures. Cut from nature's flawless beauty and set apart by a band of shimmering waters, this sparkling gem reflects the many colorful facets of Florida's rich history and original unspoiled splendor. It is here in crystal-clear waters, under sapphire skies and golden sun, shaded by an emerald canopy of green that visitors discover Hamilton County, Florida - the "Jewel of the Suwannee".Resting on the Florida-Georgia border, Hamilton County is truely set apart from the rest of the state. Bordered by the Withlacoochee River to the west and the World Famous Suwannee River to the east and south, the county forms a penisula within a penisula, uniquely separated from the landmass of Florida. Neatly splitting this river county is the twisting Alapaha River, adding to the vitality and beauty of a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts for all ages. The protected waters of Hamilton County's rivers, crystal clear springs and numberous lakes provide endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Whether camping, hunting, photography or just exploring by foot, bike, horseback, canoe or kayak, you'll find it to be the "Jewel of the Suwannee". A Tale of Two Treasures While Hamilton County is undeniably a natural treasure, it is equally valuable as one of Florida's historic treasures. With more than 150 sites and structures on the National Register of Historic Places, Hamilton County is a popular destination for both casual history buffs and the more serious genealogy researchers, the county is landscaped with more than 50 county cemeteries, including what is believed to be Florida's oldest. For those who will listen, these weathered tombstones and grave markers just may whisper a tale.Hamilton County, better known as the "Jewel of the Suwannee" says, "come for a visit, stay for a lifetime". While visiting Hamilton Couty , we invite you to visit the 888-acre Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in quaint White Springs - home to the first hub of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and Florida Trail.