3-Day Trip: North Florida Landscapes: Parks, Trails, and Springs

The roads of North Florida are not only extremely navigable, but also showcase the beautiful landscapes of Florida’s northern countryside. These highways and byways make for perfect family road trips, weekend excursions for couples or adventures for individual travelers. The roads cut through countless outdoor activities, which make for great spots to get out of the car and explore. For those who revel in outdoor adventure, we have the perfect three day guide for you outlined below:

Day One: Suwannee River State Park  

Start off your trip in one of north Florida’s most visited regions, Suwannee County. Visitors are encouraged to make a splash in the Suwannee River, one of the area’s most beautiful bodies of water accessible through Suwannee River State Park. Various hiking and nature trails such as the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail outline the Suwannee River, and are ideal for birding, wildlife observation and paddling tours. The river also provides the opportunity for canoeing, kayaking and other water activities.

Experience a night of live entertainment at Suwannee’s biggest attraction, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. This park acts not only as a concert venue to some of the world’s most well-known artists, but it is also a campground for travelers visiting the area. Suwannee Music Park is renowned for its breathtaking landscape and great southern hospitality. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy a popular show or some seclusion, as it sits on more than 500 acres of land.

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Day Two: Madison County

Heading north, you will encounter the charming region of Madison County. Here, visitors can take a bike ride along one of the most beautiful trails in all of Florida, Four Freedoms Trail. The trail runs about 12 miles from Four Freedoms Park in Madison City to the Withlacoochee River bordering Georgia. The path is paved allowing walkers, bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders to cruise down its track. The trail also features covered areas for resting along the way.

For the cave-diving enthusiast, look no further than Madison Blue Springs. This crystal-clear, blue water spring is great for swimming, diving and recreational activities, and 30 feet below its surface, the spring is home to an extensive world of cave exploration. Certified divers are encouraged to dive under and experience the boundless depths of this sunken excavation.

To cap off a day of outdoor exploration, enjoy a charming stay at Grace Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast. Experience wonderful hospitality under the roof of this beautifully secluded estate.

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Day Three: Sunridge Park

About a half hour west of Madison Blue Springs is great Jefferson County. This county is home to Sunridge park, which is known for is lush greenery and scenic landscape. Experience nature under the shade of its shrubbery or climb the park’s publicly accessible observation tower to get a view from above the trees. Atop this tower is the perfect place to stargaze or observe north Florida’s natural beauty.

For a rustic stay in Jefferson County, visitors can enjoy a night camped at Camper’s World RV Park. Although it’s located a short distance from the Interstate 10, the park’s quiet atmosphere allows visitors a secluded, one-with-nature feel. The campground also features a service staff.

Complete your stay with a trip to the town’s southern / American cuisine kitchen at the Brick House Eatery. This restaurant offers a hearty, home-cooked style breakfast and lunch menu that will surely leave you satisfied.