hiking in and around gilchrist county

Hiking & Horseback Riding

Fanning Springs State Park

This mile-long nature trail takes hikers through an upland mixed forest and floodplain swamp. Along the trail are several large sinkholes.

Hart Springs

Visitors can enjoy a scenic stroll, on the half-mile boardwalk, that takes them down the spring run and out along the famous Suwannee River. Benches are provided for relaxing and observation stations are placed throughout the trail so visitors can enjoy scenic views of the flora and fauna living in the cypress hammock.

Otter Springs

Visit Otter Springs and paddle approximately the one mile of beautiful and scenic spring run leading to the historic Suwannee River. Round trip to the river takes roughly an hour; it’s perfect for the experienced and inexperienced paddlers alike! For the ambitious, when you reach the Suwannee River, head north and experience the expansive Suwannee River, or put in a canoe or kayak at Hart Springs and journey down to Otter Springs for a great day trip. The paddle is a great opportunity to capture amazing photos!

Riders and horses can also enjoy the Nature Coast Trail, Lower Suwannee River, and nearby O’Leno/River Rise State Park.

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