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Serving Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor Counties

SuwanneeIn 1992, the Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association stood on its own two feet after several years as the “Cracker’s Kinfolk,” a subchapter of the Florida Crackers, based in Gainesville. Active in local events like the Florida Folk Festival, members of the Suwannee Chapter maintain the Florida Trail system through private timberlands, through Twin Rivers State Forest, and Suwannee River State Park.

Activity leaders lead hikes, paddling trips, trail maintenance, and birding trips throughout the vast “Original Florida” region, from the shores of Steinhatchee to a rail trail along the Georgia border with Madison County. With special interests in Florida folklife and history, members of the Suwannee Chapter provide many informative programs and hikes with a historic twist, including establishing a new trail to the Drew Mansion Ruins along the Suwannee River.

The Suwannee chapter maintains the Florida Trail from the Econfina River in the Big Bend east to Suwannee River State Park at Ellaville, including riverfront hiking along the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, and the Big Oak Trail and the Drew Mansion Ruins Trail, both loop trails at Suwannee River State Park.

The Suwannee chapter maintains the Florida Trail from the Econfina River in the Big Bend east to Suwannee River State Park at Ellaville, including riverfront hiking along the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, and the Big Oak Trail and the Drew Mansion Ruins Trail, both loop trails at Suwannee River State Park.

Trails that the Suwannee Chapter maintains:

Ellaville 

Big Oak Trail

Drew Mansion Ruins Trail is our newest loop trail, providing a short interpretive walk into Florida’s Reconstruction Era history on the grounds of the former mansion of Governor George Drew. This short trail is off old US 90 just west of the Suwannee River.