Suwannee River, United States

Suwannee River, United States

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An epic body of water

The black waters of the Suwannee River travel almost 250 miles from South Georgia to the rapids of Florida before joining the Santa Fe and Withlaccoochee Rivers and draining into the Gulf of Mexico. For thousands of years, humans have relied on this source for food and water and during the 19th century the beautiful Madison steamboat chugged up the river carrying eager passengers on pleasure cruises. Much of the river and the forests banks form the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, made up of a series of state parks and preserves, some of which have Suwanee River vacation rentals.

Outdoor escapades

The unspoiled waterway is backed by mangroves and forests, drawing in nature-loving travelers who want to get away from the big cities. If you stay in one of the Suwannee River vacation rentals close to the water, you can take part in many activities including kayaking, canoeing, or boat trips. As the river drops down through the limestone, fast-flowing rapids are created, and there several tour outfits offering rafting days. Along the banks and state parks, you can go horse riding or hiking in search of myriad birdlife, or go biking along the muddy trails. The humid Florida days can be cooled with refreshing dips in the Suwannee River basin or natural springs.

Taking days as they come by Suwannee River

In the words of the song by the great composer George Gershwin, 'The folks up north will see me no more when I get to that Swanee shore', and you might well feel the same when you arrive at one of the Suwannee River vacation rentals. If you like peaceful days, you can spend them on the river, casting lines to catch bass, catfish, sturgeon, and bream. At the Suwannee River Interpretation Center, you can learn about the the region's rich history, from the nomadic Native Americans who hunted along its banks thousands of years ago, to the Spanish conquest and the experiences of soldiers in the Civil War.

Great weather year-round

The Suwannee River can be visited all year-round. During the winter months, the temperatures are still comparatively warm compared to much of the US. The temperate waters of the river bring in manatees, often called sea cows, and you can swim or snorkel with the elusive gentle giants. Though the rains increase during the summer, the cool springs can be a glorious retreat from the midday heat. If you love wildlife, you can spot plenty of fauna around this time, including little alligators, while the nights are filled with the ribbiting of frogs and crickets.

Springs, springs, and more springs

The Suwannee River is fed by dozens of bubbling springs, ranging in size from tiny nameless pools, to huge swimming springs complete with diving platforms, ladders, and crystal-clear water. Snorkelers will be in their element close to Suwannee River vacation rentals, thanks to all the underwater creatures you can spy. Alternatively, if you visit Manatee Springs in the summer, it's possible to see huge gulf sturgeon leap out of the water from the boardwalks. Suwanee River vacation rentals include houseboats – ideal for anyone enamored by the waters.