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Northeast Region
Recreation - Northeast Region

The area designated as the northeast region of the District's lands include portions of Madison, Lafayette and Gilchrist Counties and all of Hamilton, Suwannee, Columbia counties. This region is bound by the Upper and Middle Suwannee, Alapaha, and Withlacoochee Rivers. The rivers flow lazily toward the Gulf of Mexico by cypress trees and towering pines that line the steep river banks and high bluffs.

Within the tracts owned and managed by the District, the region offers opportunities to bicycle, fish, hike, horseback ride, hunt, and view wildlife. The Upper Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers provide a wilderness-like paddling experience. A favorite pastime in the summer is to spring hop; the Suwannee has over 70 named springs with many found in the Middle Suwannee.

District lands are numbered and circled in blue on the map above. Select one of these numbers or their corresponding links in the table below for a description and map of each tract.

  Tract Name ATV Icon Biking Icon Fishing Icon Hiking Icon Horseback Riding Icon Hunting Icon Picnicking Icon Swimming Icon Wildlife Viewing Icon
1 Sandlin Bay   X   X X X     X
2 Falling Creek Falls       X X   X   X
3 Turner Bridge, Roline   X X X X X     X
  Cypress Creek South, Levings, Hopewell   X X X X       X
4 Hunter Creek, Belmont, Bay Creek   X   X X       X
5 Little Creek, McAlpin Landing   X   X X       X
6 Big Shoals   X X X X X     X
  Falling Creek, Bell Springs   X X X X       X
7 White Springs, Little Shoals, Gar Pond   X X X         X
8 Big Pine   X   X X       X
  Stephen Foster   X   X         X
9 Blue Sink, Rocky Creek, Swift Creek   X X X X       X
10 Woods Ferry   X X X X       X
  Jerry Branch   X   X X       X
11 Mattair Springs, Camp Branch   X   X X       X
12 Sugar Creek   X X X         X
  Suwannee Springs   X X X X   X X X
Linville   X   X X       X
13 Fox Trail   X X X X       X
Allardt   X   X X       X
14 Holton Creek   X   X X X     X
Trillium Slopes       X         X
15 Falmouth Spring   X   X X   X X X
16 Ellaville, Black, Anderson, Mill Creek   X X X X X     X
17 Christian/Dowling Park River Camp   X X X X       X
18 Allen Mill Pond   X X X X       X
19 Peacock Slough   X   X X       X
20 Owens   X   X X       X
  Walker, Little River   X X X X X     X
  Adams   X   X X X     X
21 Ruth Springs   X X X X X     X
  Branford Bend   X   X X       X
22 Alapahoochee   X X X X       X
23 Avoca       X         X
  Jennings Bluff   X X X X       X
24 Tyree, Osteen   X X X X       X
  Alapaha Bluffs   X   X X       X
25 Withlacoochee Hills       X         X
  Sullivan, Deese   X X X X       X
26 Withlacoochee Quail Farms   X   X X       X
27 Westwood West, Chitty Bend West/East, Withlacoochee   X X X X       X
  Westwood East, Nekoosa       X         X

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

June 26, 2015 -The Little Shoals tract at White Springs located on the east side of the Suwannee River in Columbia County is closed Monday – Friday to the public through the end of August due to timber harvesting. This includes the Little Shoals trailhead for the Florida National Scenic Trail. The Beast of Burden bike trail is closed due to the timber harvesting operations across it. For more information call 386-362-1001 or email – recreation@srwmd.org.