Do you like camping and do you like live music? If you answered yes to both questions then a visit to the Suwannee Music Park and campground in north Florida will positively delight you.
The park located north of Live Oak, Florida. The camp ground is located on the banks of the Suwannee River and it is home to a variety of musical events throughout the year. You can watch musical performances throughout the week at the park's music hall and during the festivals you can enjoy the ambience of the outdoor natural amphitheater.
Live music is just part of the attraction of this park. The camp covers 800 acres which provides ample space for camping, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, jogging, putt putt golf and lots more recreational activities.
The scenery here is beautiful. There is a Spanish moss-draped forest, a cypress tree lined, spring-fed lake, and a wonderful wildlife habitat that is perfect for bird watching. The recreational facilities are well developed and varied.
One unusual attraction is the Bat House. This is the largest known bat house in the United States. Bats enter the house from underneath through three-quarter inch openings. The Bat House is able to hold half a million bats since bats only use one-fourth of an inch of space.
Well if bats are not your thing then you can keep yourself blissfully occupied with swimming, hiking, fishing or canoeing. You can come as a day visitor or spend some time camping.
If you are camping you have several possibilities. The park has 600 improved campsites and 800 acres of primitive camping. There are beautiful cabins available for rent and there is RV parking with full hookups, and there are shower and bath houses as well. There are tent and camping areas and also areas for horse camping. With tent camping you can get water and electric facilities or you can spend less and opt for primitive camping.
If you are planning to do horse camping you will have to bring your own horse (no stallions) and be able to enjoy 20 miles of in-park trails and have access to 50 miles of other trails as well.
Other services at the park include a full service restaurant, a country store and an arts and crafts village.
In case you are wondering about the music experience here, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park was named "the Best Live Music Venue" in Florida in 2009 by Florida Monthly Magazine. There are numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year and there is live entertainment four nights a week during the year.
But this not only a place to watch music, it is a place to play your own music. There are many covered pavilions and gathering places where campers can gather together for a time of fun, fellowship, and of course, pickin' and grinnin'. The Suwannee River Bluegrass Association invites you to join them every Saturday night in the Pickin' Shed at 6 pm.
So pack up your instruments and your camping gear and consider stopping in the Swannee Park the next time you are in Northern Florida. They are located: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, Florida 32060, Telephone: 386-364-1683.