The Suwannee River was made famous by Stephen Foster’s song, Old Folks at Home, that is now the state song of Florida. This iconic river flows through the Suwannee River State Park, one of the first state parks to be designated by the state of Florida.
What was once a bustling river with steamboats delivering goods is now a quiet and peaceful destination for RVers wanting to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. The beautiful limestone cliffs provide great views of the river, and the river itself provides many recreational activities. Paddlers take canoes and kayaks on day trips both above and below the park. Swimmers can enjoy the waters fed by many natural springs in the area.
In addition to the natural beauty of this park, this area is rich in history, dating back to when the Spanish conquistadors arrived, decimating the native Napituca people. History buffs will enjoy touring the ghost town of Columbus, as well as earthworks used by the Confederate army during the Civil War.
Whatever your interest, the Suwannee River State Park offers a beautiful backdrop to park your rig and relax for a few days.
RV Rentals in Suwannee River State Park
Transportation in Suwannee River State Park
This park has easy access for RV drivers, just off I-10, between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, FL. It is 15 minutes from the town of Live Oak on Highway 90. The park entrance and ranger station is just off of Highway 90. The streets are paved and easy to navigate in an RV. There is one main campground loop and separate roads leading to the cabin area, boat launch, and picnic pavilions.
The back-in and pull-through campsites are long enough to park your RV and tow vehicle. There are dirt, sand, and some gravel sites. The sites are spacious with lots of shade from the surrounding cypress and oak trees. Previous campers have commented that some sites are sloped, so you may want to hunt around for the spot that suits your rig the best. You can get around by foot within the campground, but you’ll probably want to use your tow vehicle if you need to go stock up on supplies. There are plenty of stores and restaurants in the nearby town of Live Oak. Other campers have cautioned that if driving through the agriculture inspection station and you’re in a pickup truck, you may be asked to stop.
If you are staying overnight the campground is the easiest place to park your rig. However, there are also parking lots located near the cabins and the Earthworks Trail. It's also easy to explore the park on foot or by bike thanks to the numerous nature trails dotted around the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Suwannee River State Park
Campsites in Suwannee River State Park
Suwannee River State Park Campground
This small campground has 30 sites with full hookups. Enjoy this full-facility campground with electricity, water, and sewer connections. Three of the sites are ADA accessible. A dump station is also available. Most sites are on gravel pads underneath the shade of majestic Florida trees. Pets are welcome as long as they are maintained by their owner on a six-foot leash.
Campers enjoy the private, spacious sites with shade from the many oak trees. There is a laundry station as well as a bathhouse with showers. Kids will enjoy the playground at the picnic area. The campground is also conveniently located near several nature trails. RVs and trailers up to 45 feet long are permitted. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.
There are five vacation cabins available to rent. The cabins are furnished with rocking chairs on the porch, grills, kitchen utensils, linens, indoor heat, and air-conditioning. Televisions and phones are not provided, as a way to help guests completely unplug and lose themselves in the peace and quiet of nature. What a great way to invite your non-camping friends to join you on your RV vacation!
There are two group campsites available for tent camping. Lime Sink Group Camp can accommodate groups up to 30 campers. Hickory Bend is a bigger group campground for up to 45 people. Both group campsites have restrooms, showers, water, and electricity.
Suwannee River State Park Campground
Rangers will also accept campers on a first-come, first-served basis if any spots are available. However, reservations are highly recommend. It's not hard to plan ahead since reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.
Seasonal activities in Suwannee River State Park
The Suwannee River extends a total of 246 miles, from southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico. There are many different backcountry kayak trips you can make from the campground. If you time it correctly, you can even participate in an annual paddling festival held on the Suwannee River. Depending on rainfall, you can have completely different trip conditions. Always check with the ranger station on the status of the water.
Both the Withlacoochee River and Suwannee River are accessible from the boat launch in the park. There are private rental companies nearby which can help you with boat rentals if you didn’t bring your own. When you take an RV trip to Suwannee River State Park you won't want to miss the chance to get out on its beautiful waters.
Suwanacoochee Spring and Little Gem spring are just two of the springs that feed into the rivers in the Suwannee River State Park. Enjoy cooling off and playing on the sandy beaches with your family. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen in your camper so you can enjoy splashing in the majestic waters in the Florida sun.
There are six trails in the park ranging from a quarter-mile to 12 miles long. The Sandhill Trail will take you through a pine forest towards the ghost town of Columbus, where you can visit the old town cemetery. The Earthworks Trail will take you past the defenses erected by the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The Lime Sink Trail is a loop trail that leads along the ridge overlooking the Suwannee River and past the Little Gem Spring Overlook. If you are really looking for some exercise, the Big Oak Trail is 12 miles long. It leads to one of the largest oak trees in the state. Be sure to bring your water and bug spray!
Two historic picnic pavilions are located near the Suwannee River Trail, overlooking the river. There is also a porch swing here for guests to enjoy in while they take in the view and listen to the sounds of nature all around them. BBQ grills are available here, and you can even rent the observation platform for a picturesque wedding setting.
Exploring Florida Historical Sites
Step back in time during your RV trip to Suwannee River State Park and visit the historic sites preserved here. There is an old ferry landing at the junction of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee Rivers, which was once a busy shipping port. Explore the former town of Columbus, where an old cemetery can still be found. Earthworks used during the Civil War by Confederate forces are another interesting feature of the park. There are interpretive signs along the trails marking these places.
Birding and Wildlife Viewing
Suwannee River State Park is listed as a premier destination for viewing birds and wildlife in the state of Florida. Numerous aquatic zones plus forest settings blend to create homes for many animals. Wading birds like the Suwannee River Cooter are found here as well as nocturnal birds like the Easter Screech-Owl and the Southern Flying Squirrel. Herons, egrets, and various types of woodpeckers live here too.
Other types of land and aquatic animals who dwell within the state park include alligators, turtles, and white-tailed deer.