|My canoe along the scenic Suwannee. I'm contemplating a return trip over Christmas. (Photo by Jonathan Bollhoefer. Used with permission)|
The free shelters located along the Suwannee River make it great for groups with kids, older folks, or people that just don't like to rough it. They are essentially raised, screened in pavilions with access to power. There are also clean bathrooms and hot showers for those who don't like to use nature as their toilet. Normally, I like to rough it, but I have to admit, it was nice to pamper myself. If you would prefer primitive camping, it is available as well.
The springs along the Suwannee are well worth the visit. They are usually crystal clear, and can be over 50 feet deep. One even had a cave that we were able to swim through. The springs are especially interesting because the clear water allows viewing of turtles, gators, and fish (e.g. gar, sucker, bass, mullet, eels, catfish). And, if it is warm enough, they are great swimming holes.
I'm still not sure if I'll return this winter, but I'm sure I'll be back at some point. If you are a paddler, and you haven't been on the Suwannee River Trail, you should go. Even if you are not a paddler, you should go. You just might end up becoming a paddler after experiencing the beautiful Suwannee River.