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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Spring hopping in Suwannee County

Published July 21, 2015
Suwannee Springs
Traveling north from Live Oak on Highway 129. You will pass I-10 and the new Busy Bee. None of these springs allow alcohol consumption, so make sure your coolers are suds-free. Just after the next gas station north of the Busy Bee on 129 you will turn right on 93rd Drive. The entrance to Suwannee Springs is on your right. There is plenty of parking and a place to lock up your bicycle if you biked over from the Spirit of the Suwannee Campground.

Charles Spring
South of Live Oak off of Hwy 51. You need to turn right on 152nd Street which is just past the gas station the locals call the Taylor store. You will be heading west on this road for a long time. When the road goes from pavement to sand, you are almost there. Follow the road around to a stop sign and the entrance to Charles Springs is straight across the intersection. The coolest thing about this spring is the swim-through cave in crystal clear water. When the water level is right you can enter the spring in one part of the rock formation and exit from another.

Royal Springs
North on Hwy 51 turn right on County Road 349. Stay on CR 349 past the blinking red light and slow down when you see the sign for Suwannee Farms. You will be turning right on 198th terrace and left on Royal Springs road. The main attraction at Royal Springs (besides the crystal clear, cool water flowing out of the ground and into the river) is the wooden jumping platform. When the water level is right, it is a 20-30 foot jump into the center of Royal Spring. There is also a good boat ramp down river from the spring.
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