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Upper Suwannee/Withlacoochee

Marked by high bluffs, stately trees and shoals, the upper Suwannee River dominates this section. Here you'll find the start of the Suwannee Wilderness Trail, considered the Cadillac of paddling trails in Florida.

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2 Locations in Upper Suwannee/Withlacoochee
Ichetucknee Riverrating3164310/26/2016
Suwannee Wilderness Trailrating5642511/15/2016

This is Segment 27, Region M. Marked by high bluffs, stately trees and shoals, the upper Suwannee River dominates this section. While the actual 170-mile Suwannee River Wilderness Trail begins at White Springs, many paddlers start their long distance journeys on the Suwannee just across the Georgia border at Fargo or at the river's headwaters in the Okefenokee Swamp.

Along the established wilderness trail, paddlers can stay at "river camps" where they can choose from screened sleeping pavilions or rustic tent sites, and utilize hot showers, restrooms and electricity. Cabin rentals are available in some locations. At river town "hubs," paddlers can stay in either motels, campgrounds, cabins or bed and breakfasts, and enjoy local restaurants.

The Suwannee Wilderness Trail is considered the Cadillac of paddling trails in Florida, a cooperative effort of state of local governments.

Upper Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (100 miles)

Withlacoochee North Paddling Trail (28 miles)

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