Florida Birding

Three Rivers State Park – Where Florida meets the South-west Corner of Georgia

Three Rivers State Park is located along two and a half miles of Lake Seminole shoreline, in the Florida Panhandle in the town of Sneads, in Jackson County. Pine and hardwood forests dominate the 686 acres of uplands found at Three Rivers State Park. These woods of rolling hills and steep ravines are different from the natural communities found in south and central Florida Parks.

The Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers combine to form Lake Seminole above the nearby Jim Woodruff Dam. Below the dam, the waters become the mighty Apalachicola River, which flows into Apalachicola Bay and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. Thus the name Three Rivers State Park.

Popular for fishing, hiking and biking, camping, upland trails and wildlife viewing.

There are 9.7 miles of multiuse trails with semi-rough terrain and moderate elevation changes, which will give visitors quite the workout. Because of the terrain, helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

Three Rivers is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and bird-viewing opportunities are bountiful. American bald eagles make their nests within the park and can be seen soaring over the lake and winter brings migrations of waterfowl to the lake in outstanding numbers.

For you freshwater fishermen/women out there, you might be happy to know that Lake Seminole is well-known for its yields. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, speckled perch and bream are some of the fish that anglers might land. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required.

There are thirty campsites available for tent and RV camping. Water, electricity, a picnic table and a grill ring are available at each of the campsites. Pets are welcome at the campsites. Restrooms are located in the park. A dump station is located in the camping area. The campground includes a small boat ramp and a large fishing pier that extends out onto Lake Seminole. For your convenience, here is a link to the Florida State Parks Reservations System

Three Rivers State Park does have one rustic cabin available for vacation rental. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom rustic cabin has air conditioning, heating, a wood-burning fireplace and overlooks Lake Seminole. A queen-size bed in a downstairs bedroom and a standard-size bed in the loft provide comfortable sleeping accommodations. A fully equipped kitchen includes an electric stove, microwave, refrigerator and utensils. Bring linens, towels, pillows, food and fishing gear. Cabin rental is $65 per night plus tax and a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee. Pets are not permitted in cabins. There is a minimum two-night stay in the cabin on weekends and holidays, either Friday and Saturday night, or Saturday and Sunday nights. A single Friday or Saturday night may be reserved only if the following Saturday or Sunday night is already reserved.

The address for Three Rivers State Park is 7908 Three Rivers Park Road Sneads, FL 32460 and the entrance fee is $3 per vehicle.

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