Monday, January 9, 2017

3 Reasons to Visit Three Rivers State Park

As we mentioned last week, we spent the New Year’s weekend camping and exploring Three Rivers State Park in Sneads, Florida. Located where Florida meets the southwest corner of Georgia, this peaceful park offers visitors a variety of outdoor activities and interesting Florida history.

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Three Rivers State Park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, a network of 510 premier wildlife viewing sites across the State. The Trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission which encourages conservation of both Florida’s native habitats and native species. Three Rivers has bountiful bird watching opportunities which include many species of waterfowl and American Bald Eagles, the latter making their nests within the park.

While we didn’t see any American Bald Eagles during our visit, we still had a great time camping, exploring and viewing other wildlife species. If you are ever in the area, here are our top three reasons to visit Three Rivers State Park.

1. Friendly Campground with Beautiful Lake Views.
What can we say?! Three Rivers has one of the friendliest campgrounds we have been to in the State Park system. The Park Ranger, we believe his name is Jacob, is never too busy to stop and chat. He knows so much about the park and the flora and fauna that call the park home and he is always happy to share it with you. In addition, the campground hosts keep everything so clean, from the campsites to the bathroom facilities.

morning view of lake from campsite three rivers state park

Our campsite was on the outer side of the camp road and was one of the 30 campsites that are situated with a direct view of Lake Seminole. Many of the campsites have an indirect view of the Lake, which is still nice but it was amazing to wake up each morning, look out the tent and see the sun rise on the Lake.

The campsites are partially shaded with a picnic table, a fire ring with grill and both water and electric hook ups. Campsites welcome both RV and tent campers. Within the campground is a small boat ramp with canoe rentals and a large fishing pier as boating and fishing are popular activities at Three Rivers.

2. Hiking Among and With Wildlife.
There are four self-guided hiking trails that total five miles of trails. And yes, the trails do not provide a lot of mileage but they do provide the opportunity to see some amazing wildlife. While hiking the Dry Creek Trail to the Eagle Trail, we made a wrong turn and ended up on the Bike Trail. However, if we did not make that wrong turn, we would not have been able to hike among a family of White-Tail Deer. We followed their tracks and were happily surprised that one was still sharing the trail with us.

white-tail deer in three rivers florida state park

We finally retraced our steps and made it to the Eagle Trail but unfortunately did not see any American Bald Eagles. Jacob told us later in the day that the nest is about 100 yards off the trail between two of the trail markers so it is possible to see eagles while on that trail.

oz hiking in three rivers state park in sneads, florida

3. Located in an Area filled with History.
Founded in 1955, the park’s name is a tribute to the Flint, Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers – the first two which flow into Lake Seminole above the Jim Woodruff Dam and the latter which empties from the lake to Apalachicola Bay and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico.

  • The area surrounding the park is among the most historically and archaeologically significant in the South. Early Native Americans found the area rich in food and an important area for trade and transportation.
  • Spanish missionaries settled in the area in 1674. They were followed by both British and American settlers. Important military events occurred in the area during the War of 1812 and the First Seminole War.
  • One of the early residents of the nearby Pope settlement was Dr. John Gorrie, who later moved to Apalachicola where he invented air conditioning and the mechanical ice machine.

Though a wide variety of historic and archaeological sites are now submerged by the lake, Three Rivers State Park still preserves the unique Florida landscape of high hills overlooking Lake Seminole. The park is a great place for visitors to enjoy many activities including bird watching, boating, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking and walking. If you are ever in Northwest Florida, Three Rivers State Park is a must-visit park!


  1. I finks it looks an amazing place to visit butt....I only need one reason and that would be...well I might get to meet YOU in the furs Oz, not that would be the bestest reason of all!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. oh imagine we could have a blogville meeting there... that would be so great if we all would discover this place together... and you can be the tour guide Dr. Oz :o)

  3. Birding trail? I'm all in.

  4. We are sorry that you didn't get to see any Iggles... they are really Beautiful and Majestic.
    BUTT OZ, you did see a nice Buck and had some grand thingys to sniff. We are really GREEN with JELLYNESS that you can be out and about in WINTER.

  5. Oz I'm wondering if you'd like a kitty sib? It has been so cold up here this past weekend.
    We have been housebound and by the days end we will have had 82 straight hours of below freezing.
    I think I'd love to visit any park in Florida
    Hugs madi your bfff

  6. It looks like a fun place! Which bus do we take to get there?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. Nothing better than seeing wildlife in the furs
    Lily & Edward

  8. That looks like a great park to visit and spend some time hiking! If you go back again, maybe you will see those eagles.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  9. what a nice place to visit and see nature!
    Mr bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  10. You find the best places to camp in your home state! Thanks for sharing the fun and beauty of Three Rivers. ❤🐾

  11. Sounds like a real fun place to go. Believe it or not, our favorite dog park is the Three Rivers Park!

  12. Birdies and deers? We'd love that place! We'd go everywhere but the campsite. Somemommy does not do camping. Nope. She's chicken.

  13. We've been there! It's a nice park.

  14. What a beautiful place! I would definitely go there if ever down that way!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  15. Dis place sounds amazing!! I love that you gots to go on a hike wif some deer :)

    Matt & Matilda


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