City of Hawkinsville: See the Sunken Steamboat in the Suwannee

By Gary McKechnie In rural Florida, before there were cars, there were steamboats. And before highways, there were waterways. One of those steamboats was called the City of Hawkinsville and one of those waterways was the Suwannee River. And like a car that’s broken down and left on the side of…

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Off the Beaten Path from Gainesville: Suwannee County, Fla

By Gary McKechnie Survey a hundred people and odds are most would agree no Florida county has a more delightful name than Suwannee County. On every bridge spanning its famous waterway, a “Welcome to Suwannee County” sign features a staff emblazoned with the distinct opening notes of Stephen…

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Suwannee County, Florida: The River Runs Through It

By Gary McKechnie Sometimes minor events can lead to historic changes. One event that would affect Florida’s future took place at a piano in 1851. Working out lyrics to a tune, composer Stephen Foster was stuck at the first line and asked his brother, Morrison, for help. “Should it be ‘Way down…

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Driving Tour of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Get wild on this driving tour of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. This tour highlights just a few of the hotspots along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (SRWT), 386-397-1919, for the outdoor enthusiast. The tannic-colored water and rock-encrusted banks of the Suwannee River, memorialized in…

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Go Camping on the Suwannee River

By Russell Mick You can experience the history and natural beauty of the Suwannee River — and feel transported back in time — by plying the waters on any number of scenic day paddling trips or extended journeys of up to 170 miles along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail…

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Escape to the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

By Russell Mick You might not expect the peace and quiet you'll find in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, but you'll be pleasantly surprised. Seemingly unchanged for decades, you can fish, paddle or hike while leaving your day-to-day worries at the entrance…

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Along the River: The Suwannee

By Chelle Koster Walton We anchored our rental houseboat outside the entrance to Manatee Springs and heaved the canoe into the warm summer waters to paddle into the cove. It felt like a cathedral, entering the springs, shaded by Spanish moss-shrouded oaks. And then suddenly, our bare feet against…

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An Epic Paddle: Florida's Suwannee River

Take a trip into Florida's past along this legendary waterway. For centuries people have been attracted to the dark waters of Florida's Suwannee River. Spanish explorers encountered Timucuan Indians along the Suwannee in the 1530s who considered the waters a sacred place. The mineral-rich White…

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