Another absolutely awesome day paddling on the springs section of the Suwannee River between Hal Adams and Ft Mccomb boat ramps with a group from the Florida Trail Association. We played at Telford Spring, Running Spring, Peacock Slough River Camp, the old Drew Bridge, had lunch at Bathtub Spring, then finished off swimming and wading at Royal Spring. The weather was perfect as was the company.
First stop – Telford Spring
A view up the Suwannee from the sand bank at Telford Spring.
Approaching to old Drew Bridge.
Enjoying lunch at Bathtub Spring.
Royal Spring – a perfect place to wade and swim
Looking down into Royal Spring from the boardwalk
Lovely day paddling yesterday with the Florida Trail Association on the Suwannee River. We did the 12 mile section on the middle Suwannee between Hal Adams and Ft Macomb boat ramps where there are with lots of interesting little springs to explore. The weather was perfect – sunny, cool with a little breeze. There are just so many beautiful places to visit in north Florida by boat.
My favorite Suwannee spring is on this section – Bathtub Spring. When the water is low it is quite a scramble from the river over the lime rocks, but it is a perfect swimming hole and lunch spot so it’s well worth the effort.
Root systems create a fairy tale vision. No trolls hiding in the myriad of twists, but turtles,small gators, nutria, otters, …
Typical scenery along this section on the middle Suwannee. Low limestone rock formations, trees with eroded roots overhanging the banks.
At Telford Spring we just had to try out the rope swing
Old Drew Bridge. When the railroad was abandoned in 1920, they left the Drew swing bridge in the river in an open position.
The kids (young and old) had fun at Bathtub Spring
Royal Springs – a perfect place to swim or wade on a warm afternoon.
Nice paddle today with the Yak Pak on the upper Suwannee River between Gibson Park and Suwannee River State Park. We expected afternoon thunderstorms so we picked a short section of only about 8.5 miles. The rain started (and it was a doozy) as we were loading up at the end, so we timed it just right.
I love the upper Suwannee for its water-eroded limestone sculptures, tree roots carving through the rocks to reach the water, wonderful sand beaches, minute signs of life clinging to the rocks, and the occasional spring.
The low limestone bluffs typlify this section of the Suwannee
Fascinating limestone formation created by the Suwannee waters.
Roots growing through the limestone
Closer view of the roots
Beautiful white sand banks pile up long the bends of the Suwannee River. Perfect for lunch and swim breaks.
Lime Spring Run at the Suwannee.