For decades, Dixie has been known as one of Florida’s finest hunting territories for white-tail deer, turkey and wild hog thanks to private hunt clubs which foster wild game on thousands of acres of wilderness, state-managed wildlife areas where wildlife species are encouraged, and federal wildlife refuges which offer high quality hunting on a quota basis.

Dixie Mainline

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

The Dixie Mainline Trail parallels the coastline at the northeast edge of the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge. Once a logging access road, much of the trail was inaccessible until the U.S. Wildlife Service recently rebuilt five small bridges across the tidal creeks, opening up areas virtually untouched for a quarter of a century.

Hike, bike or slowly drive (25 mph maximum) this nine-mile trail north from the community of Suwannee. The trail passes through upland pine forest, hardwood hammock, wetlands and tidal creek environments. Expect special nature and wildlife experiences in this undisturbed environment. Watch for herons, egrets, ibis, barred owls, alligator, turtle, small mammals and a variety of plant life.

Along the trail stop at Salt Creek Lookout. Then continue enjoying the old Florida landscape and turn left at paved CR 357. Here you will find the historical Fishbone Cemetery and Fishbone Creek Overlook.The road ends near the Shired Island County Park , which is the perfect place to end the day, watching the sunset on the Gulf.

Brochures are available from the U.S. Wildlife Service with maps of the marked canoe trails and an interpretive guide to the Dixie Mainline.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:35:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

Posted in Gulf Coast on April 3rd, 2013

From the mouth of the Suwannee River, the refuge fronts 26 miles of the Gulf of Mexico. Protecting 36,000 acres of wetlands and 16,000 acres of uplands, the refuge provides ample opportunities for exploration. Located along the southern edge of the Big Bend Region of Florida’s West coast, Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is bisected by the Suwannee River, and it offers the visitor year-round wildlife observation, hiking and photography. There are 40 miles of improved roads (primary) scattered through the refuge that are open to motorized vehicles. Bicycling is also allowed on all refuge roads. Be aware that hunting is allowed in the refuge and is intense in October and November. Pets are allowed on a leash and controlled at all times.

For information contact:
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
16450 NW 31st Place, Chiefland, FL 32626
(352) 493-0238

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:20:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

City of Hawkinsville Stern and Engine

Posted in Historic Sites, SCUBA, Suwannee on April 3rd, 2013

Originally posted 2012-09-23 11:34:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Steinhatchee River

Posted in Rivers, Steinhatchee on April 3rd, 2013

This river is part of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area – Jena Unit with more than 12,000 acres that stretch across the coast from the Steinhatchee River to Horseshoe Beach, providing a dazzling array of ecosystems and natural habitats. Of particular interest are the Steinhatchee Falls. The coastal marsh areas of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area provide naturalists an opportunity to view a tremendous variety of wildlife, especially birds, that inhabit these unique coastal ecosystems. Exploring the coastal marshes is best done by canoe, kayak or small boat. The viewing tower at Hagens Cove is also a good spot to observe wildlife. Fishing the brackish waters of the coastal creeks rivers is another popular pastime in the region.

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:02:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Dive Historic Wreck in the Suwannee

Posted in SCUBA on April 3rd, 2013

City of Hawkinsville Preserve – Suwannee River, Florida


If you spend any time at all roaming along Florida’s famed Suwannee River, it does not take long to begin hearing stories of the City of Hawkinsville. The boat’s wreck lies in the middle of the river just above the U.S. 90 Bridge in Dixie County.

Some say the City of Hawkinsville was a Union gunboat that invaded the Suwannee River only to be sunk by Confederate fire from old Fort Fanning at Fanning Springs. Other say that she was a Confederate blockade runner, destroyed by her own captain to keep her from being captured by the U.S. Navy.

The latter story appears to confuse the boat with another wreck downstream, but the gunboat tale is nothing more than legend.

In fact, the City of Hawkinsville was a paddlewheel steamboat abandoned by her captain in 1922 during the dying days of the riverboat era in Florida. Built in 1886, the 141- foot long, 30-foot wide sternwheeler had served a remarkably long career (38 years) for a steamboat. Few could boast of service anywhere near that long and the earliest ones to ply Florida’s rivers and creeks rarely lasted longer than four or five years.

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Originally posted 2012-09-23 11:18:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter