Places of Interest less 15 Minutes from Oasis in the Woods

Places of Interest within 15 Minutes from Chalet



1. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park has 2 major springs, a spring run and six sinkholes,.This park features one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental United States. An interpretive nature trail leads visitors on a path tracing the twisting tunnels of the caves far below their feet. Swimming in Peacock Springs and Orange Grove Sink are popular .Activities:Birding, Hiking, Scuba/Diving, Snorkeling, Grills, Picnic Area, Pets on Leash Allowed, Length of Trail (in miles): 1.2, click here for link 

2. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park 386-364-1683- Situated on 600 acres along the historic Suwannee River, this outstanding park offers a full event calendar of great musical performances, as well as a large variety of recreational activities such as horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, and camping. A cafe is also on site.

3.The Suwannee Wilderness Trail State Park-designated Florida paddling trail, provides a managed wilderness experience while educating visitors about protecting the natural, cultural and heritage resources in the Suwannee River Basin. the Lower Suwannee runs deep and wide through pine flatwoods and wetlands as it flows into the Gulf of Mexico. ACTIVITIES: Bicycling, Birding, Canoeing, Water Recreation, Freshwater Fishing, Length of Trail (in miles): 72, Water Trail click here for link 

4. Suwannee River Greenway at Branford- Railroad heritage and renowned rivers provide opportunities to experience history and nature along the Suwannee River Greenway at Branford. The greenway is home to a rewarding rail-trail that provides scenic views of Old Florida. The Suwannee River marks the trail's western terminus while the clear-flowing Ichetucknee River is located at the eastern end. Nearby Ichetucknee Springs State Park and Branford Springs provide opportunities for a swim and tube ride. l , Length of Trail (in miles): 12, Click here for link 

5. Lafayette Blue Springs State Park- take a dip in this first magnitude spring, walk across the natural limestone bridge that crosses the spring run flowing into the Suwannee River or picnic under the oaks with their swaying Spanish moss. Fish or canoe on the Suwannee River. Bicycling, hiking and wildlife viewing. The picnic area has tables, grills and two pavilions, Click here for link 

6. Suwannee River State Park - 1/4 mile past the ranger station, a high bluff overlooks the spot where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Vestiges of history in the park show how important the Suwannee River was to Florida history. Along the river are long mounds of earthworks built during the Civil War Other remnants from the past include one of the state´s oldest cemeteries, Five trails, ranging from a quarter mile to 18 miles, loop through surrounding woodlands and provide panoramic views of the rivers. Other activities include fishing, picnicking, and canoeing. Click here for link 

7. Troy Spring State Park -this 70-foot deep, first magnitude spring offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving along the banks of the Suwannee River. The spring run contains the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat Madison, scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured. take a walk through the shaded forest along the interpretive hiking trail or spend the day fishing along the river bank. Activities:Birding, Canoeing, Hiking, Scuba/Diving, Snorkeling, Water sports, Freshwater Fishing, Click here for link 

8.Suwannee River State Park - Big Oak Trail; With much of its length high atop river bluffs, the Big Oak Trail is a prime destination for experiencing the beauty of the Suwannee River. It follows both the Suwannee and With lacoochee Rivers into a loop on a peninsula where the rivers meet. Old growth trees, rugged landscapes, and riverfront scenery are all a part of the experience. Click for link 

9.  Big Shoals State Park - Big Shoals State Park features the largest whitewater rapids in Florida. mossy oaks and the wild Suwannee River make White Springs especially popular with paddlers, hikers, bikers, birders and anglers. Big Shoals State Park in White Springs boasts Florida's largest whitewater rapids. Over 28 miles of wooded trails provide opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Click here for link 

10.  The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park -  Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," the song that made the river famous. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. Miles of trails wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. hosts annual Florida Folk Festival. Click here for link 

11 . Ichetucknee Springs State Park - Fed by nine springs, the Ichetucknee River natural beauty year-round. Let the gentle current guide you on a relaxing retreat Tubing and Paddling Adventures Offered Year-round:Swim, snorkel and scuba dive in the springs that feed the bright turquoise Ichetucknee River, including the 40-foot-deep Blue Hole Spring. Click here for link 


12. Mystic Jungle Educational Facility provides life time homes to many displaced exotic animals. We are their final home. We are not open to the public but rather do tours by reservation, free tours once a month on Sunday afternoons Private tours are generally scheduled on Tues., Thurs., & Sat Click here for link 

13.*****  International Falconry Academy- Falconry Experiences, workshops and courses. A hands-on encounter with Falcons, Hawks and Owls. . Witness the prey-predator relationship close up and partner with nature's most spectacular hunters, for an hour, a day or up to three days Click here for link

14.  DragonFly Ranch Florida - Horseback riding on the Suwannee River Trails - We would like to invite you to visit us and ride with us along the Suwannee river. Discover a preserved habitat for wildlife species on the wilderness trails, hidden springs and sinkholes along the Suwanee river Click here for link