Working all the time and not taking time out to enjoy a day, weekend or week off is bad for you mental and physical health. You don’t have to “Go Out Drinking” to have a good time. There are a wide variety of activities that you can do right here in Lafayette County Florida! And we want to post them all here. Visitors to the area would appreciate a detailed listing of what they can do while they stay here. It is not all riding down the Suwannee River, you know.
And if we miss something on our list we hope you will get in touch with us using the CONTACT US form. We would love to hear from you. If your church is holding a line dancing contest to raise funds to get new choir uniforms we want to hear about it. If your lodge is going to be have a BINGO Night for their favorite charity we want to hear about it. If the Three Rivers Library is going to be showing a great movie next week we want to hear about that as well.
It is a lovely spacious park with a Band Pavilion, Picnic Pavilions, Children’s Playground, Picnic tables and sitting areas throughout the park as well as public bathrooms, old oak trees for lots of shade and a old Cracker House to explore. There are basketball courts as well. They town holds semi-annual events in the park.
Day Community Park
4673 NW County Rd 53
Day, Fl 32066
Great Park with lots of playground equipment, baseball diamond, basketball, tennis courts, picnic tables, public restrooms and a Community Center
Edward Perry Sports Complex
County Road 400
Mayo, Fl 32066
Large Sports Complex with a walking track, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic pavilions as well as public restrooms and a concession stand. The County charges $250 use fee for the Park Check with the Building Department at the County Courthouse for more information
Rent a Community Center for Parties, Reunions and Other Events
You must go to the County Building Department for to rent any of the county community centers. Pay your fee with cash or check after you fill out the application and have been given the rules. We have a copy of the application for the 3rd and 5th District Community Centers which costs $50 for the rental per day and a $50 deposit before renting. Once the building has been inspected and it is clean, all equipment place back into storage and all the trash has been taken away you will get your deposit back. Download the Community Center Rental Form and Rules The scheduling book for the Community Centers is still kept by hand so you will have to call them ahead of time to check and see if the one you want to rent will be available when you need it. See the Government Services Page for more information
Bed and Breakfast – Hotel/Motels – RV Parks
CABINS – Five cabins on stilts accommodate up to six people. Each cabin features two beds, one bathroom and a kitchen/dining/living room combination room with fireplace. Each includes large screened porch with picnic table and swing or rocking chairs. One ADA accessible cabin with an elevator is available.
RV Camping, Lodge Rooms, Log Cabins and Motel – Owns Convict Springs and is on the property, has lodges, motel, restaurant, and so much more. The have expanded their RV camping area that doesn’t have much shade, yet, but does have a very nice swimming pool. Love their Facebook page but their website and has updated their website.
Cindy’s Motel and RV Park
487 West Main Street
Mayo, Florida 32066
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Cindys-Motel-RV-Park-648989785181102/?fref=ts
The have 9 Motel Rooms that are Clean and Tidy and 14 Water/Sewer/Electric (30&50Amp) RV spots includes Free Wiki and Cable TV Hookup
Panther Jim Lodge – Fully furnished, air-conditioned, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath house. Wrap-around porch with picnic table and fire ring. Has a fully equipped kitchen. Washer and dryer, linens and towels furnished. Television for DVD use only, no cable. NOT PROVIDED -cleaning supplies, laundry soap and trash bags. Deposit required to hold reservation (deducted from total upon arrival). Four Stalls w/electric & water included.
Campground: 32-Pull-Through RV sites with Water/Electric(some 30Amp and some 50Amp) Dump Station, Coin Operated Washer/Dryers and Bathhouse. Mostly for Equestrian Campers but regular campers can stay too.
Where to go Swimming
Troy Springs State Park is a great place to swim in the Springs, do some cave diving, have a little picnic, hike some trails or just relax and watch the day go by. Even though the address is in Branford the park is still located in Lafayette County and not Suwannee County like the rest of the town of Branford. The springs has been closed for much of this spring due to flooding and brown-out conditions so please check their website before coming. The park itself is open year-round and has some lovely places to picnic overlooking the water, some hiking trails, and a canoe launch. It is a shady and peaceful place to visit. Please Check their website before you go because they have to close the spring to swimming and diving when the Suwannee River rises.
Troy Springs State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Rd
Branford, Fl 32008
May sure you check their website before you come to ensure that the Suwannee River hasn’t browned out the spring. No one is allowed to swim in the spring if it is browned out or if the water level has risen above the bottom platform.
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is also a great place to cool off this summer. There is fishing, swimming, diving and picnicking in the park. The swimming and diving areas have been closed for much of the spring season due to earlier flooding and brown-out conditions. Please check the park’s website before heading out to make sure that it is open for swimming. Of course, the other non-water activities are usually always available.
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
799 NW Blue Spring Rd
Mayo, Florida 32066
Ruth Springs Park is part of the Suwannee River Water Management District Recreational Areas and is in the Ruth Walker Springs Tract just before Troy Springs State Park. To get a map of the area please visit their website: Ruth Springs and Branford Bend Recreational Areas There are lots of dirt roads, access to the Suwannee River and places to enjoy nature but the main attraction is the small spring swimming area. It is located off of NE Ruth Springs Road just past the “Son-Rise” sign on the right and you will see a small dirt road on your left, when you turn down it there will be a fork in the road just a little ways up bear left and the springs swimming area is located at the bottom of the hill. It gets crowded on the weekends so either come early in the morning, later in the afternoon or during the week when everyone is working!
Owens Spring Tract is located at the corner of County Road 410 and County Road 411 in Mayo, Florida. The spring swimming area is located about a mile down from the dirt road entrance with a parking area and you walk down the trail about 300 feet to the spring itself. Yes, it is a cold spring. There is a rope swing for those who want to just jump in and get wet. Be careful the rocks are slippery and you have to climb over and around them to get in and out of the water. Not a real good area for little swimmers though. There is a cave under the water that we saw a couple of scuba divers exploring. You can hike, fish, ride horses and do some hunting in the area but not around the Springs, please. This is also part of the Suwannee River Water Management District’s Recreational Lands area. You can find out more from their website: Owens Spring Tract.
Where to go camping
RV Camping, Lodge Rooms, Log Cabins and Motel – Owns Convict Springs and is on the property, has lodges, motel, restaurant, and so much more. Love their Facebook page but their website could use a little cleaning up. But it has the information you need. We have obtained a copy of her brochure for the Resort: DOWNLOAD BROCHURE
RV Camping and Motel Rooms. The site manager was very nice when we came by for a visit. There are actually 14 RV Camping Sites on the grounds as well as they motel. Everything looks clean and tidy. They really need their website updated though and they are not on Facebook.
River Run Campground
2739 U.S. 27
Branford, Fl 32008
Yes, they are listed in Branford, Florida but like Troy Springs they are physically located inside Lafayette County Florida. They have some great reviews on Google. Pictures and more information to come. They do have a pretty good website but no Facebook Page.
RV, Tent and primitive camping available. Lovely website with lots of information and their Facebook page is first rate. Check it Out!
They have Primitive Camping and the Cabin Camping you can reserve through Reserve America The Tent camping area is walk-up only and charges $10 a night. We visited there in the early part of June and there was no campground host, one port-a-potty, no showers that we could find but all the camp sites looked in decent repair with electricity, water, fire ring, clothes line and picnic table at each of the them. They are fairly close to each other and only about 10×10 spaces. The group camping area is a large grass field up next to private property. That camp site is up on the hill right along the Suwannee River. The cabins are huge and way up off the ground.
Favorite Fishing Spots
YOU TELL US WHERE TO GO FISHING 😉
Let’s Go Canoeing or Kayaking
American Canoe Adventures 2
2142 NE County Road 400
261 NE River Rd
Mayo, Fl 32066
Eugene & Judy Allen
Canoe and Kayak Adventures down the Suwannee River including rentals and catering services
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