One Sunday morning in February I went to my favorite church. It’s a vast and magnificent cathedral with high blue and white ceilings and trees that reach to touch the sun. Cardinals dressed in their best red feathers gathered around chatting and singing the most beautiful hymns. My spirit is renewed again like the river that flowed by me.The Suwannee is abound with nature, new found friends, and peace. Flowing like honey drizzled into iced tea, it meanders from Georgia through Florida and eventually meeting up with the Alapaha and Withlacoochee Rivers, on into the Santa Fe River, and finally into the Gulf of Mexico. I have to admit that the river has a mystical air about it. As the steam rises above the water in the morning, if you are still, you can almost hear the sounds of the oars and canoes from long ago natives as they glide through the water traveling and setting up camps along the river.Campgrounds are plentiful all along the Suwannee and the surrounding area. You can take a canoe or kayak trip and camp at designated campsites along the waterway or camp in the neighboring forest areas, water and wildlife management districts, hunting camps, state parks, county parks and independent campgrounds. I happened to find a great little gem while visiting there recently.
Campground Review — Gibson County Park in Hamilton County Jasper FloridaSitting right on the Suwannee river is a beautiful little county park campground worth visiting. The park offers pavilions and a boat ramp with a floating dock and clean bathrooms open to the public and also showers for campers. They offer 30 and 20 Amp electric & water hook ups or primitive camp sites with covered pavilions, fire pits, and concrete picnic tables. Tents and all sizes of RVs are welcome. Most of the sites seem fairly level and are clean. There is very little cell service in this area and I was not able to connect to the internet at all even with a booster and/or jetpack however another Class A rig that was there was able to get full internet.
The campground hosts Brian and Eady are the stars of this quaint little campground. I have camped from the east coast of Florida to the west coast of California and these are the best campground hosts I have ever encountered. I read one review online that stated they treat you like family and I would have to agree. Having only been there since November, it seems that they have created a friendly family oriented camp in a very short time.The grounds and facilities are older but very well maintained. I highly recommend this campground and will definitely be visiting again. I give this campground a 5 Thumbs Up especially for a small rustic campground with fantastic campground hosts.
Information:Current Pricing — I paid just $5.50 for Primitive camping however be sure to call to get current pricing. Cash or Check onlyCurrent Campground Hosts Brian and EadyPhone Number 386-792-1631 or 386-792-30986884 SW County Road 751 Jasper FL 32052Close to Live Oak Florida (15-20 minute drive) with several stores, gas stations, and restaurants in nearby Live Oak
Campground Review — Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground
Also along the Suwannee River in Live Oak Florida you will find Spirit of the Suwannee Campground. To say this campground is large is an understatement. Hosts to a variety of music and other featured events year round, this campground offers many amenities including a music hall and outdoor amphitheater, canoe/kayak rentals, hiking trails, golf cart rentals, a café, general store, and craft village. I recently attended the Spirit of the Road RV Village Rally which was an absolutely amazing event for RV campers. Since I am a Car/Tent camper I typically prefer to stay in primitive, disbursed, or smaller campgrounds but I could not pass by the opportunity to visit this campground and event. This campground has over 600 campsites and 800 acres of primitive camping including equestrian campsites and cabins available. Most of the sites appear to be shaded and close together. I didn’t tour the entire campground as it was vast but I did see many sites that were set back away from the center area that seemed quiet and a bit more spacious. They appeared to have sites close to what ever different amenities might interest you such as music, horses, club house, and river areas. I give this campground a 5 Thumbs Up especially for Music and Event themed camping.Information:Current Campsite Pricing at the time of this post is Primitive camping at $25 through other several options up to 50 AMP Full Hookup $45. Be sure to contact the campground to get current pricing.Website- http://www.musicliveshere.comAddress — 3076 95th Dr. Live Oak FL 32060 / Phone 1-800-224-5656Several stores, gas stations, and restaurants nearby