Santa Fe River
Located north of High Springs, Florida, the Santa Fe River flows from River Rise to the Suwannee River. It is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails.
This beautiful trail begins in O’Leno State Park, where the Santa Fe reappears after flowing underground for more than three miles. This tributary of the Suwannee River curves past hardwood hammocks and through river swamps. Many clear springs feed the Santa Fe. There are some small shoals during low water, but they are almost always passable. Wildlife is abundant along the trail. Look for turtles, alligators, and wading birds. The trail ends three miles upstream of the confluence of the Santa Fe and the Suwannee River.
The 1998-2002 Drought is over, but here is the history: Santa Fe River Drought Photos
The are three public access points near the City of High Springs that provide easy access to the river.
- US 41/441 Bridge, turn left to public boat ramp. (Or pay a small fee and park at the Canoe Outpost on U.S. 441, they also provide rentals and shuttle services)
- US 27 Bridge - 3 miles Northwest of High Springs, Fl, turn right after crossing bridge to public boat ramp.
- US 47 Bridge - from High Springs travel North on US 27 to Fort White, turn south on SR 47 and travel 4.5 miles to the bridge, turn right into the Santa Fe River Park. This park is maintain by Gilchrist County and has a boat ramp.
For more information on the river, check out these two documents:Outfitters