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Monday, February 9, 2009

~~~Florida State Parks Series - Suwannee River State Park~~~

Hello friends I am back home again and will try to get some post on our week away... You all know how much I like to party and have fun and boy did I have fun... Until then I am posting one of the Florida State Parks that we visited several weeks ago.


Now that it is slowing down for a while I want to share a few of tAdd Imagehe
Florida State Parks we visited have visited....
The first one I want to highlight is the Suwannee River State Park...


Suwannee River was among the first parks to become part of the Florida State Park system. An original 300 acres was purchased in 1936. The park now has more than 1800 acres in three counties: Suwannee, Madison, and Hamilton. The river hums with echoes of history - of the booming days of plantations and logging empires, of the high times of paddle-wheel boats steaming up and down the river, of the long disorientation after the Civil War, and of the quiet persistence of strong pioneers who lived off this land and profited from the rivers. About a quarter mile past the ranger station, a high bluff overlooks the spot where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. South of the junction of the rivers, an earthworks was constructed by the Confederates during the Civil War. Its main purpose was to protect the railroad bridge across the Suwannee. Essential supplies, such as the beef, salt, and sugar needed to feed the Confederate armies, were shipped by rail to Georgia. Union troops dispatched from Jacksonville to capture the bridge were turned back near Olustee in a hard fought battle on February 20, 1864. Other remnants from the past include one of the state´s oldest cemeteries, and a paddle-wheel shaft from a 19th century steamboat. Five trails, ranging from a quarter mile to 18 miles, loop through surrounding woodlands and provide panoramic views of the rivers. Other activities include fishing, picnicking, and canoeing;
for overnight stays, the park has a full-facility campground and cabins.

Located 13 miles west of Live Oak, off U.S. 90.
Entrance to Park & Road above the Suwannee River


Campsites & Boardwalk through the park


Suwannee River & Turtles basking in the sun

Swift River & the spot where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River

I hope you enjoyed the first park in the series of Florida State Parks

Next Big LagoonState Park in Pensacola

Until Later

Hugs And Kisses

21 comments:

Ma'dame French said...

Of course I love your pics I am living vicariously through YOU! Hugs French;) xoxox

Chris said...

Can't wait to see your photos of your week of partying.When did you get back?

Hugs,
Chris

~Mary said...

Oh I love this!
I grew up camping in a place like this, and I loved it!

Stacey said...

Wow, that looks all warm and summery. Thanks for the little peek. :)

Dawnie said...

I'm glad your enjoying your life and seeing this beautiful place. Your pictures rock....I've missed your daily posts. Have a drink for me next time you put those feet up!

Lin said...

These are so beautiful~!!! It's hard to imagine all those incredible views in Florida after traveling I-95 all the time ... time to get off the highway!

Smilingsal said...

It's a beautiful state!

Bo said...

Hi Donna...you have been missed! Sadly my Lil Bear didn't even get in the running...sniff-sniff, the winning dog for his week got over 600 votes...I don't even know 600 people...LOL...Lovely park you've shared & also the history...isn't this a great world we live in...
;-) Bo

cindy said...

Beautiful! Would love to see it in person some day. ~Cindy~

Shelia said...

Donna! I've missed you so much! But look at the fun and the lovely places you're seeing! What a gorgeous place! I'll be looking forward to pix and stories!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Ginger said...

I've been missing your posts, Donna. Glad you are back and it sounds like you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.
Ginger

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Donna,
I'm so happy you had a great time!
That's wonderful.
The photos are all just beautiful.

Have a good one.
~Melissa :)

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Ooh, this was so much fun to read about, and the park looks so beautiful!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you're back to blogging though. I've been missing you!

Justine :o )

Helen said...

During the eight years I lived in the Orlando I was able to visit many of Florida's beautiful spots ... sadly I never got to Suwannee River State Park. Thanks for sharing.

JyLnC said...

Glad you're back. I love those turtles basking in the sun. I also adore paddle wheel boats.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Donna, these pictures are beautiful. Love the turtles on the rock! Glad you've had such a great time. Welcome back! laurie

Blueberry Buttons said...

Glad your back! Love your pictures and can't wait to see the rest.
Cheryl

Shelia said...

Morning, Dear One! I always enjoy your visits so much! I hope you've settled down now and have got the partying out of your blood! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tomarie said...

I want to thank you so much for the truly sweet things you said about our cabin and my family over at Laurie's! I am truly touched!! Thank you again! L~

Picket said...

Hey girl..I am so loving the personal tour of the parks!!!! You lucky dawg you sitting on a river bank like Tom Sawyer like you ain't got a care in the world! Ohhh I so want to be there! lol lol Welcome home sweetie...can't wait to see more!

sue said...

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