Take a Virtual Vacation to Beautiful Suwannee County, Florida

Take A Break and Take a Virtual Vacation in Natural North Florida

Spring 2020 has brought a halt to Florida tourism, and tourism worldwide.. Our Visit Natural North Florida region has slowed, too, and with the restrictions of social distancing and travel we’re all dreaming of better times to come. And we hope that potential visitors, from near and far, take care of themselves, and dream of coming to visit us when the “fever” breaks. In the meantime, take some time to peruse our special “edition” of Virtual Vacations in Natural North Florida. This post is the fourth in that series. More, featuring highlights of our 15-county region will follow, each including links to local highlights, where “Nature Is Our Theme Park

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Festival is just one of the many events at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Suwannee County

Suwannee County is one the northern counties in our Natural North Florida region. Just west of the intersection of I-75 and I-10, it named for the presence of the mighty Suwannee River that flows across its northern edge. The county seat is the city of Live Oak, at the crossroads of US129, CR51 and US90.

Suwannee County Courthouse, Live Oak FL

Live Oak is the largest city between I-75 and Tallahassee and has flourished due to its proximity I-10, which crosses US129 just north of the central city. There, travelers and visitors will find name-brand lodging, shopping and eateries. However, a visit to the downtown, on US90, will give a good look at a thriving small, historic Florida city.

The Brown Lantern restaurant, in downtown Live Oak, is a local favorite,
Downtown Live Oak FL
Festivals and street fairs are popular in the City of Live Oak

While the City of Live Oak is the commercial center of Suwannee County, its the presence of the Suwannee River that attracts visitors from all points on the globe.

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park offers many festivals, as well as year-round camping and access to the Suwannee River

For paddlers, swimmers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, Suwannee County also boasts two Florida State Parks and two exceptional County Parks.

Suwannee River State Park offers lodging as well as hiking opportunities, where the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers meet.
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park is rugged. Named after a famed explorer and cave diver, the spring is a favorite of certified cave divers from all over the world.

Royal Spring County Park is a favorite of locals as well as visitors
Little River Spring County Park is well-kept with plenty of parking. There’s good swimming in the spring run, and good snorkeling and diving in the main spring vent.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief tour of Suwannee County and its tourism offerings. And we hope you’ll add Live Oak, Suwannee County and our Natural North Florida region to your list of places to visit soon.