Do you know that Stephen Foster, the composer of "Way Down Upon the Suwannee River", never saw the Suwannee River or even visited Florida? Yet it became the most popular song ever published to that time, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and launching Florida's tourism industry in the late 1800s. As a matter of fact, the song had such a powerful influence on the state that Florida's legislature adopted it as the official state song in 1935.
So we could not leave Florida without a visit to the famous river.
The Suwannee River National Wildlife Refuge was very close to where we stayed in Cedar Key so of we went. The refuge itself in quite wonderful with lots of opportunities to view the wild animals and birds. But our goal was to see the river.
There was a 1 mile trail to take through the hardwood forest to the river:
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