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TURNER BRIDGE PARK

Recreation
In this park visitors may enjoy fishing as well as biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Hunting is allowed on the Turner Bridge Tract, as part of the Cypress Creek Wildlife Management Area. Hunting is not in allowed in the park. The park has a boat ramp and picnic pavilions.

Turner Bridge Park is managed by Hamilton County.

386-792-1631

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation

Hunting is allowed in permitted areas only. For more information on hunting, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at:

386-758-0525
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Website


Access
Turner Bridge Tract from White Springs:
Travel north on CR 135, cross CR 6, continue north on 180th Boulevard (Woodpecker Road) 2 miles, turn right on NE 38th Trail to the parking area at the boat ramp.

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WHITE SPRINGS

Recreation

White Springs Tract

White Springs includes approximately 1 ½ miles of river frontage along the Suwannee River. White Springs is well known for wild azaleas blooming along the river bank in the spring and its bicycle trail.

The Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) rambles through the White Springs tract along the river bank on its journey across Florida. The FNST begins at Big Cypress in the Everglades and extends to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the western panhandle.  It shares a treadway with the bicycle trail built and maintained by Suwannee Bicycle Association

White Springs tract contains a range of biodiversity including mesic flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, wet flatwoods, bottomland forest, dome swamp and basin swamp natural communities at the base of the Cody Enscarpment.  The Cody Scarp is a geomorphologic formation that runs across north and central Florida. It approximates an ancient shoreline of Florida from a time when sea levels were much higher. The Cody Scarp represents the largest continuous topographic break in Florida. For more information about the Cody Scarp, visit mysuwanneeriver.com.

Visitors may enjoy wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and biking on administrative roads and designated trails.

Bicycling and Hiking at the White Springs tract

Bridge to Bridge Trail – The 4.5-mile single-track intermediate to challenging trail has plenty of sharp turns, climbs and descents.  It follows the river for more than a mile with many scenic overlooks.  Experienced off-road riders with good technical riding skills will enjoy this trail.  It easily connects to the Gar Pond Trail on the Gar Pond tract and the Beast of Burden Trail on the Little Shoals tract for longer rides.

Florida National Scenic Trail -From Suwannee River Wayside Park Trailhead hikers will enter the District owned White Springs tract. The 3.5-mile trail passed through scrubby oaks, saw palmetto and pines along the Suwannee River.  It exits the tract at the Adams Memorial Circle Trailhead. From there hikers will have opportunity to road walk through Historic Downtown White Springs to Stephen Foster Culture Center State Park.  On the White Springs tract hikers, will share portions of the trail with bicycles.  For a loop trail the hiker can follow the administrative road (5 miles total) back through the tract or follow the sidewalk (4.5 miles total) along US 41 back to the Suwannee River Wayside Park Trailhead

Access
White Springs tract from White Springs:
Travel south on US 41, turn right on Adams Memorial Circle, go past Riverside Cemetery. The pavement ends and the street becomes dirt; the tract entrance is on the right. The second entrance is at the US 41 boat ramp.

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SUWANNEE SPRINGS PARK

Recreation
The Suwannee Springs Park is a historic park featuring the old spring house that was built in the 1800s around the sulfur springs. Visitors can swim in the springs, picnic, and enjoy the snow white river sand bars.

Visitors may also enjoy fishing, as well as biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing on the Suwannee Springs Tract’s administrative roads. Canoes and kayaks may be launched from the Suwannee Springs Launch.

Access
Suwannee Springs Park:
Travel north on US 129, turn right on 93rd Drive (Old US 129), travel north to 32nd Street, turn right, and follow the street to the parking lot.

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SUWANNEE SPRINGS

Recreation
The Suwannee Springs Tract is home to Suwannee Springs Park. The historic park features the old spring house that was built in the 1800s around the sulfur springs. Visitors can swim in the springs, picnic, and enjoy the snow white river sand bars.

Visitors may also enjoy fishing, as well as biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Access
Suwannee Springs Tract:
Travel north on US 129, turn right on 93rd Drive (Old US 129), travel north to 32nd Street, turn right, and follow the street to the parking lot.

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STEINHATCHEE FALLS

Recreation
On the Steinhatchee Falls Tract visitors may enjoy fishing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing on administrative roads. Canoes , kayaks and small boats may be launch at Stephens Landing (River Access 10.8) or Steinhatchee Falls Park (River Access 9.7).

The Steinhatchee Falls Park features a small scenic waterfall. The Steinhatchee Trail is a 3-mile, multi-use trail that begins at the trail head on SR 51 and ends at the park.

Access
Steinhatchee Falls tract from Perry:
Travel south on US 19 to SR 51, turn right and the tract is on the left past the convenience store.

Steinhatchee Falls tract from Cross City:
Travel north on US 19, turn left on SR 51 and the tract begins on the left past the convenience store.

Entrance to Steinhatchee Falls Park from US 19 and SR 51:
Travel 1.75 miles south on SR 51 to Steinhatchee Falls Road, turn left and follow the road to the dead end, turn right and the road ends at the park.

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STEINHATCHEE FALLS PARK

Recreation
At Steinhatchee Falls Park is a part of the much larger Steinhatchee Falls Tract. Visitors may enjoy fishing, hiking picnicking, and wildlife viewing. The Park features a small scenic waterfall. The Steinhatchee Trail is a 3-mile, multi-use trail that begins at the trail head on SR 51 and ends at the park. Canoes, kayaks and small boats can be launched at the boat ramp in the park.

Access
Steinhatchee Falls Park from Perry:
Travel south on US 19 to SR 51, turn right, travel 1.75 miles south on SR 51 to Steinhatchee Falls Road, turn left and follow the road to the dead end, turn right and the road ends at the park.

Steinhatchee Falls Park from Cross City:
Travel north on US 19, turn left on SR 51, travel 1.75 miles south on SR 51 to Steinhatchee Falls Road, turn left and follow the road to the dead end, turn right and the road ends at the park.

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LUKENS

Recreation
This tract is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors may enjoy fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, as well as paddling. There is a kayak launch on the tract on the east side of SR 26. For more information, contact the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge at:

352-493-0238
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Cedar Keys Page

Access
Lukens tract from Cedar Key:
Travel north 3.5 miles from Cedar Key on SR 26, turn right on SW 153rd Court, travel north .25 mile and entrance gate to the east side is on the right. Public access to the Lukens tract east side is by special use authorization (SUA). An SUA is free and available by calling (386-362-1001) or emailing the District. Obtaining an SUA may take 3-5 business days.

Lukens access on the west side of SR 26.


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HOLTON CREEK RIVER CAMP

Recreation
The Holton Creek River Camp is part of the Holton Creek Tract and the second river camp between White Springs and Branford. The river camp provides 5 screened shelters, a picnic pavilion, restrooms with hot showers, and a tent-camping area. For more information on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, call or visit:

800.868.9914
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Access
Holton Creek River Camp is accessible only from the river. No vehicles are allowed. Outfitters can work with visitors to deliver gear, coolers and food to the river camps. Ask your outfitter for specific services.

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HOLTON CREEK RIVER CAMP

Recreation
The Holton Creek River Camp is part of the Holton Creek Tract and the second river camp between White Springs and Branford. The river camp provides 5 screened shelters, a picnic pavilion, restrooms with hot showers, and a tent-camping area. For more information on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, call or visit:

800.868.9914
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Access
Holton Creek River Camp is accessible only from the river. No vehicles are allowed. Outfitters can work with visitors to deliver gear, coolers and food to the river camps. Ask your outfitter for specific services.

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JENNINGS BLUFF

Recreation
On this tract, visitors may enjoy fishing, as well as biking, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing on administrative roads.

The Jennings Bluff tract has a canoe launch and part of The Great Florida Birding Trail.

Alapaha River

The 202-mile-long Alapaha River is a tributary of the Suwannee River flowing through South Georgia and North Florida with three tributaries the Willacoochee, Alapahoochee and Little Alapaha Rivers. The final twenty-five miles in North Florida is an intermittent river during periods of low volume. Most of the water disappears underground into swallets in the river bed and a “blind valley” and becomes a subterranean river approximately 2.3 miles below Jennings, FL.

Dead River

A major swallet is at the terminus of the blind valley known as the Dead River and Dead River Sink.  Blind valleys are karst features where surface water is diverted from a river and flows into a channel to a swallet or sinkhole recharging the aquifer.  The Dead River is a distributary of the Alapaha where the water flows upstream to the Dead River Sink and disappears into an opening in the rock wall.  During extreme low water conditions, the Dead River may be dry.

A dye trace study conducted in 2016 by the District and Florida Geological Survey introduced dye into the Dead River Sink, six days later it appeared in Holton Creek Rise and Alapaha Rise ten miles to the south.  Both flow into the Suwannee River.

Cody Escarpment (Cody Scarp) traverses the southwest corner of the tract. The Cody Scarp is a geomorphologic formation that runs across north and central Florida. It approximates an ancient shoreline of Florida from a time when sea levels were much higher. The Cody Scarp represents the largest continuous topographic break in Florida. For more information about the Cody Scarp, visit mysuwanneeriver.com.

Access
Jennings Bluff tract from Jasper:
Travel north on US 41, turn right on NW 25th Lane; travel approximately 2 miles east and the entrance is on the left.