Gilchrist County, Florida offers tourist attractions like crystal clear springs, perfect for swimming, tubing, snorkeling and cave diving. If fishing is more your style, the Santa Fe & Suwannee Rivers offer up a wide variety of catches such as bass, catfish and sunfish. Many of our parks offer rentals of canoes, kayaks and tubes.
For the land lover, we offer scenic trails for hiking, cycling, walking, jogging, bird watching, horseback riding, and in general, a wide array of nature-related activities. Whether you are looking to go camping or hook up your RV, our Natural Escapes are part of the all-family oriented entertainment that you can enjoy in Gilchrist County. Add to all of that, the warmth of our Southern Hospitality, and you have the perfect vacation spot!
Trenton is a nice small community now pushing almost 2000 people and is the county seat of Gilchrist County. Its nice quiet living with its tree lined and canopied streets often with colorful flowers. The Spring brings Azaleas, Red Bud Trees, Red Tips and many others. Trenton will be full of colorful Crepe Myrtles most all Summer.
Main Street is a north/south street, also US 129. It's lined with the typical old businesses of a small Florida town including the old CocaCola bottling plant that now houses one of the finest quilt shops in the entire country. In the center of North Main Street sits the picturesque old railroad depot, now the head of the Nature Coast Trail, 32 miles of paved hiking and biking trails through serene countryside. This is a part of the nation-wide Rails to Trails program.
The biggest attraction in Fanning Springs is still the great spring, now within the State Park of the same name. The town is known as the Gateway to the Suwannee due to the heavily traveled Highway 19/98 crossing the river right at the conjunction of the three counties, the southernmost crossing of the Suwannee River.
High Springs, Florida- Hernando de Soto led his expedition through this area around 1539, and in the 17th century Indian villages and a large Spanish mission flourished near the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers. The people of High Springs welcome you to experience the charm of our small town. Voted the "Friendliest Small Town" in Florida, High Springs beckons you to discover History, Adventure, Recreation and Family Fun!