Santa Fe River Canoe Trail
My Contact info: Sam Gellerstedt[masked]
Over three dozen springs flow into the Sante Fe. For more info on the springs access this website www.santaferiversprings.com
The Santa Fe River Canoe Trail 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.
I have never paddle and camped this section of the river so this will be an exploratory paddle adventure.
We will begin our three day adventure at the intersection on US 27 and the Santa Fe River near High Springs Florida. We will paddle by, swim and play in numouous springs the first day. Poe Springs, Lilly Springs, Rum Island and Ginnie Springs, to name a few. We plan on paddling around 12-14 miles the first day and camping along the river some where past Hwy 47 bridge and Wilson Springs.
The second day will find us paddling past where the Ichetucknee Springs run flow into the Santa Fe. We will again swim and play in this cool refreshing water. The second day we will plan on paddlings around around 12-14 miles to where the Santa Fe and Suwannee River meet. We be stopping to also camp along the river.
The third day will find us paddle around ten miles down to State Road 340 where the outfitter will pick us up to transport us back to our cars. There is a charge for the outfitter.
Please bring enough food and water to last three days. About one gallon of water per day should be OK in this summer weather.