One of the best things about living in Florida is the access to many beautiful waterways and the green landscapes that thrive around them. Here is a list of some of our incredible rivers that we think deserve your attention.
1. St. Johns River
The St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida, touching 12 counties. It's one of very few rivers in the country that runs north. The St. Johns River is very popular for commercial and recreational use.
2. Hillsborough River
This river in southwest Florida is home to unique Floridian wildlife. Visitors can camp, fish, canoe, and picnic on the river at one of Florida's oldest state parks, Hillsborough River State Park.
3. Loxahatchee River
Along with the Hillsborough, the Loxahatchee River is one of only two designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in the state of Florida. Access the river through Riverbend Park and Jonathan Dickinson State Park for canoeing and kayaking.
4. Apalachicola River
Some of our most prized forests are found along this river in the Panhandle.
5. Suwannee River
The Suwannee flows from southern Georgia to northern Florida, and it's the subject of Florida's State Song, "Old Folks at Home."
6. Rainbow River
This 5.7-mile river in Dunnellon has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark and an "Outstanding Florida Waterway." The popular Rainbow Springs State Park is located at its headwaters.
7. St. Marks River
The St. Marks River flows 36 miles through Leon and Wakulla counties.
8. Myakka River
This river in southwestern Florida is 68 miles long. 12 miles of the river can be enjoyed at Myakka River State Park.
9. Ichetucknee River
This 6-mile-long river in North Florida is crystal clear. It can be accessed through the popular Ichetucknee Springs State Park, where visitors swim, snorkel, and go tubing down the river.
10. Withlacoochee River
There are two rivers in Florida with this name, and it's believed the southern one was named after the northern one that starts in Georgia.
11. Crystal River
This short river in Citrus County is famous for its clear water and its popularity with manatees.
12. Wakulla River
This 10-mile-long river in Wakulla County is so crystal-clear it was used for underwater scenes in old movies like Creature from the Black Lagoon.
13. Indian River
This brackish lagoon is 121 miles long and is part of the system that makes up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
14. Ocklawaha River
The Ocklawaha River in Central Florida was a popular route for steamboats in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, canoeing, kayaking and fishing remain popular.
15. Santa Fe River
The Santa Fe is located in North Florida. Black bears, manatees, and panthers have been seen in the area.
16. Peace River
The Peace River is popular for canoeing, camping, and fossil hunting. Arcadia, Wauchula, and Zolfo Springs are the main entry points.
What do you think of this list? Did we miss any of your favorites? What are your favorite things to do along Florida’s rivers? Please share your comments below!