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We are located only 5 minutes away from Ichetucknee Springs State Park.
River Run Campground is located near the Santa Fe River in North Florida. The Santa Fe River can be accessed through many counties and the closest to River Rise Campground are in Fort White, Gilchrist County, Branford, Bell and High Springs. The Santa Fe River is a dark-brown river due to slow moving water and leaves dropping from nearby trees; mainly Bald Cypress trees. There are many springs that prosper along the banks and mainly after the reappearance at River Rise Preserve State Park.
Many of the locals in Fort White, Branford and Lake City travel the Santa Fe River until it meets the Ichetucknee River and swim there. Other locals like to enjoy the nature that surrounds them on the Santa Fe while boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Many people like to canoe, kayak and fish down the river, making pit stops at well known springs such as Ginnie Springs, Blue Springs and Poe Springs in High Springs Florida.
If you don't have a canoe with you at the campground, you can rent one in High Springs and most of the renters offer canoe trips. Below are a few canoe outposts in High Springs:
The Santa Fe River is 75 miles long and the headwaters of the river are located in Lake Santa Fe near Keystone Heights. The river completely disappears for nearly 3 miles in a large sinkhole in O’Leno State Park and reappears at River Rise Preserve State Park.
Sometimes you can see animals such as the black bear, Florida panther and bobcats along the river. They are rarely seen, so if you spot one be sure to take a picture. Since the water temperature is almost always the same manatees love to swim the river.
There are three public access points near the City of Fort White & High Springs that provide easy access to the river.
From the campground head into Fort White on State Road 27 and turn right at the red light (SR 47). Follow State Road 47 until you go over a bridge and make an immediate left and you will be at the 47 bridge. This park is maintained by Gilchrist County and has a public boat ramp.
Highway 27 in High Springs:
Pass Fort White on State Road 27 and pass County Road 138. After about 1 mile, on the left there will be a parking lot with a boat ramp just before a bridge.