A large number of canoe enthusiasts will begin the 3rd Annual Fall Paddle Florida event Oct. 14 on a 123-mile trek down the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. The event begins at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) located in Live Oak, Fla. Nestled along the banks of the Suwannee River, the SOSMP is Florida‘s premier music park and campground. Paddlers will push off from the boat ramp at the SOSMP in small groups as they head south on the river towards their destination of Manatee Springs State Park. Paddlers will travel through Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties for eight days during this adventure.
The annual paddle event includes the opportunity to hike, bird watch, take in all that nature has to offer along the banks of the famous Suwannee River, camp, swim in clear springs and also allows participants an opportunity to get to know the real North Florida and all the wonderful places, people and things it offers. That includes the SOSMP where music reigns supreme four nights each week, during various large music festival such as Magnolia Fest, Wanee and Bear Creek Music and Art Festival and where the South‘s largest country music festival, the Suwannee River Jam, is held each April.
Many of the paddlers will spend the night at the SOSMP before beginning their leisurely trip along the majestic river. During the trip paddlers will spend each night camping at designated sites. After a day on the river with lunch on the banks and supper under the trees each evening, paddlers will be entertained by some of Florida’s finest – from bluegrass and blues to Florida history and humor woven into songs by such notables as Lars Anderson, Katherine Archer, Franklin Baker, Big Cypress, Mike Devlin, Garrison Doles, Willie Green Bluesman, Magda Hiller, Patchwork and others. Paddlers are encouraged to bring their harmonicas and join in by the campfire each night!
For more information about primitive camping, RV sites or cabin rental at the SOSMP, call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683; email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website at www.musicliveshere.com. You may also contact email@example.com for more information about the paddle.