As you then head north on CR347 towards Chiefland, youll skirt the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and get a possibility to see the well-known Suwannee river at the Fowlers Bluff settlement. Or, head down the brief spring run to the mighty Suwannee River As you head north on US19/98 from Chiefland, and simply prior to you cross the Suwannee Eiver, be sure to check out Fanning Springs State Park. Suwannee Town Once you cross the Suwannee River on US19/98, your next stop for fuel and food is at Suwannee Old Town, where CR340 heads toward the (brand-new) town of Suwannee on the north side of the river at the Gulf of Mexico, about 24 miles away. The whole length of the Suwannee River, from Georgia to the Gulf is lined with numerous private houses and camps. From there, you can check out the rivers mouth, the backwaters and Natural North Floridas biggest and longest free-flowing river.
Floridas Big Bend has actually long been a favored location of tourists and tourists. This pristine region we call “Natural North Florida” includes the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, and has established largely along the spine formed by US19 and US98. On its interior US27, US90, US 301, US441 and Interstate Highways 75 and 10 have attracted larger populations and advancement. But its the coast thats can offer visitors an appearance at our heritage and connection to the Gulf. We invite you to take a roadway trip! Yankeetown isnt exactly on US19/98. To reach this historic fishing village you must first travel through the town of Inglis on SR40 (AKA “Follow That Dream Parkway”-you keep in mind that Elvis film, do not you? Some scenes were filmed there.) and head west. A few miles down the road, youll reach the Yankeetown city limits and from there on to the Gulf. Yankeetown (and Inglis) are the southernmost settlements in Levy County, and are bounded by the gorgeous Withlacoochee River. the Withlacoochee River iss lauded by many as one of Floridas most stunning. It flows west from the Green Swamp to the Gulf, through Inglis and Yankeetown The river is a favorite of freshwater anglers and many saltwater types can be caught near its mouth. Waccasassa The “broad spot” on US19/98, just a couple of miles from Inglis, is Gulf Hammock. Turn west there, and youll reach the county park and boat launch on the Waccasassa River. There are no homes on the Waccasassa River between the boat ramp and its mouth. A spectacularly pristine river, it empties into Waccasassa Bay. Its fishermans paradise! Cedar Key Hang a westward turn from US19/98 at Otter Creek, travel 24 miles on SR24, and youll discover yourself in Cedar Key, Natural North Floridas largest and most developed town. Once the terminus of a train as well as a growing cedar market (think: pencils), Cedar Key is now popular for its recreational fishing and aquaculture. It provides clams nationwide and the archipelago of little islands offers terrific inshore fishing. And Cedar Keys area, jutting out into the Gulf, makes it an excellent location for angler wanting to catch offshore fish types. Cedar Key is a location for art enthusiasts, with galleries offering a large range of crafts and arts. There are many stores and galleries along the waterside at Cedar Key The Island Hotel and bar is a popular location for tourists And do not forget to try some local seafood at Cedar. Tonys clam chowder is a winner! Chiefland, Manatee & & Fanning Springs Instead of backtracking on SR24 to US19/98, take CR347 from Cedar Key and visit the “Indian mound” at Shell Mound. Native Americans formed mounds to honor their dead, along with to disposed of mollusk shells. This mound, simply a few feet from the Gulf is a fine example. As you then head north on CR347 towards Chiefland, youll skirt the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and get a chance to see the well-known Suwannee river at the Fowlers Bluff settlement. At Chiefland, youll find shopping, along with lodging and junk food. Manatee Spring Rent a canoe or kayak at Manatee Springs State Park Manatee Springs State Park is just a couple of miles from Chiefland at the end of CR320. there, you can swim, SCUBA dive, paddle or float near the spring. Or, head down the short spring run to the magnificent Suwannee River As you head north on US19/98 from Chiefland, and prior to you cross the Suwannee Eiver, make sure to go to Fanning Springs State Park. Theres enjoyable for all age groups at Fanning Springs State Park Fanning Springs State Park If youre a boater, you can launch simply across the Suwannee River and motor up to the dock at Fanning Springs State Park. Sign up with the enjoyable! Suwannee Town Once you cross the Suwannee River on US19/98, your next stop for fuel and food is at Suwannee Old Town, where CR340 heads towards the (new) town of Suwannee on the north side of the river at the Gulf of Mexico, about 24 miles away. The entire length of the Suwannee River, from Georgia to the Gulf is lined with many personal houses and camps. There are also a number of Recreational Vehicle Parks for those of you traveling along CR349, from Old Town to the Gulf. Suwannee Town offers good lodging, consisting of houseboat rentals. From there, you can explore the rivers mouth, the backwaters and Natural North Floridas largest and longest free-flowing river. From Suwannee Town, head back east to the primary highway (US19/98) and after that continue north to Cross City, the website of your next Big Bend experience at Big Bend Road Trip, Part 2: Natural North Florida–– Cross City to Panacea We hope this virtual trip along our Big Bend Gulf Coast put you into a “taking a trip mood” and that youll get on the road to check out the abundant history and covert websites of our area—— the part of Florida that thinks about “nature to be our amusement park”!
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