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Osceola National Forest

Parks and Outdoors

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.

  • Santa Fe Canoe Outpost

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    Located on the Santa Fe River the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost offers numerous canoe and kayak trips to choose from, no matter your experience level. In addition to providing canoes, and kayaks, they also offer shuttle services for those that have their own kayak, canoe, or camping equipment.

  • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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    The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park preserves Florida history on the banks of the river made famous by the song "Old Folks at Home" written by Stephen Foster. It features a colonial-style museum engulfed in a nature park, so you can go hiking, cycling, and canoeing before or after viewing the exhibits.

  • Suwannee River State Park

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    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.

  • Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

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    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.