Suwannee River State Park

Florida State Park, river access, Confederate earthworks

Civil War & Reconstruction (1861-1876)

Live Oak, Suwannee County

During the 19th century, steamboats made the Suwannee River a major transportation corridor for the North Central part of Florida and extreme southern Georgia. In the mid-1850s, the Central Railroad, which connected the St. Johns River at Jacksonville with Tallahassee, was constructed and crossed the Suwannee River just below its junction with the Withlacoochee River. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers built a large earthen fortification to guard the Suwannee River railroad bridge. In 1864, U.S. forces dispatched to capture this fort were defeated by Confederates at the Battle of Olustee.

Did you know?

  • The park contains a well-preserved earthwork fort that can be viewed from an elevated boardwalk.
  • The Columbus Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Florida, is located in the park. It is associated with the long-abandoned town of Columbus.
  • Objects related to river transportation and lumbering are interpreted outdoors.

Suwannee River State Park Website

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