Camp arrival. We were at the Magnolia campground close to the Main Public Park area. There was another (Dogwood Campground)about
a mile west, near the main entrance.
The next morning a deer appeared in our camp, very near the picnic table. Several more visited and even more at dusk.
The Santa Fe River, a tributary of the Suwannee. It was too low due to drought to do much good canoeing.
Dave's folks, Carol & Alton, on the Suspension Bridge over the River. This bridge was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation
Corps (CCC). It is the beginning of the River Hiking Trail.
View of the swimming area. Nice aluminum floating Dock with ladders, probably a very popular spot when the river is
at normal levels. It is roped off to keep boats out and swimmmers within safe boundaries.
Picnic Pavillion. Can be reserved for large groups
Limestone Cottage. No longer being used as a rental, it still adds charm to the old Park. Nearby, newer cabins made of wood
can be rented to campers.
Picnic Lunch. Dave, Carol and Alton shown relaxing after our meal. The Sante Fe River is in the background.
Squinting real hard, you might see Janie waving from one of the boardwalks on the River Hiking Trail
Dave and his Mom, Carol, checking out the river wildlife on the opposite bank - mostly turtles....BIG ones. Below, Dave and
his Dad, Alton "horsing around" on the observation deck.
On the River trail, beyond the River sink. Behind Dave is a large sinkhole that reveals the underground river for a
brief period before it disappears again.
Camp at Night. Christmas lights and Tiki Torches! The Citronella fuel in the torches keeps the skeeters away - and makes
the campsite look cool!
The deer living in the park, have not been subjected to hunting and have no fear of humans.
"Deer in the Camera Flash Look". At Dusk they graze outside our dining window.
A portage point in the river for canoers. We had to walk the stone river bed and haul the canoe over this log. Before too
long, it became impassable
Squint real hard and you'll see Janie on the bridge looking out over the river. Just beneath - the remains of one of the
old mill dams remaining from the old town of Leno that used to exist here.
A view of the canoe launch from across the river on the hiking trail. The water was so low, the park wasn't renting canoes
- but we had our own :-)
Playground. It has swings, slides, and a large sandbox. Looks like lots of fun for the kids.
Log Meeting House. Two fireplaces at each end and a galley plus a BIG room for meetings or parties (looks like it would
make a perfect Dance Floor to us!).
This old Log House built in 1936 by the CCC was being restored when we visited.
Sideshot of the old Log House shows the structural details. Can you tell I find this building facinating?
Alton checking out the ruins of one of the old mill dams.
The River Sink. Here the Santa Fe disappears underground for 3.5 miles before it rises again to become a surface stream.
The green stuff in the background on the water is tiny waterplants that float on the surface and can't follow the river any