Ahhh, the great outdoors. It’s what Lake City, Florida’s Springlands is all about. Whether it’s a romp in a crystalline spring, a float down a spring-fed river, fishing in a lake, walking a trail or simply relaxing under the sun just about anywhere, you can do all of it and more in Lake City, Florida’s Springlands.
The generous array of parks in Florida’s Springlands offers a wide range of experiences, from a place that commemorates Florida’s largest Civil War battle, to a vast national forest, to several parks that are set amid freshwater springs and rivers. Basically, there’s a park for just about everyone.
Suwannee Springs is full of spectacular off-road trails, perfect for hiking or mountain biking, while paved paths provide a more leisurely bicycling option. Hiking trails include the Sandhill Trail which takes you past Columbus Cemetery, while the Earthworks Trail will let you explore the Confederate earthworks and an old ferry landing.
The Suwannee River Trail hosts five river camps, along with countless other state parks, county parks, and private partners that provide great places to stay for a self-contained river adventure.
One of North Florida’s loveliest State Parks, Suwannee River State Park is located just a few miles from Live Oak. With some of the best backcountry canoeing in the state, it is a superb place to explore the natural beauty of the area and take in the slow majesty of the Suwannee River.
Located in historic downtown Lake City, Lake Desoto has been a gathering place for locals and visitors for many years. Fishing, biking, walking, and picnicking are available here. In addition, a variety of different birds, waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife make this an ideal place for wildlife watching.