Nestled in North Central Florida, Gilchrist County offers rural tranquility within proximity to the metropolitan areas of Gainesville and Jacksonville. The county covers 355 square miles. Gilchrist County is Florida’s newest county, created in 1925 and named after the state’s governor from 1909 to 1913, Albert W. Gilchrist. The county has a number of historic buildings. Bell is a small town that was named after a beauty contest winner. Trenton is the county seat. Fanning Springs was once the site of a military installation, Fort Fanning. The county was the home of farms and timber industries. The railroad (now long gone) came to Gilchrist County, and many stores and restaurants sprung up around it. Real estate in Gilchrist County has multiplied significantly in recent years. Gilchrist County home buyers appreciate the area’s small town feel and relaxed pace.



Paddlers can embark upon a journey exploring our 55-Mile Blue Way Trail traveling soundlessly thru two dramatically different river venues that are connected. Whether paddling the entire 55-mile trail as a single journey or smaller segments over time. The Blueway is a corridor that defines rural Gilchrist County


Gilchrist County has a collection of many spectacular natural springs, including a large second-magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River.


Nature Coast State Trail is a rails-to-trails,
32 – mile paved trail “green zone” for walkers, runners, skaters, hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. It connects three counties, Dixie, Gilchrist & Levy, the Trail cuts through quaint towns, rustic farmland and unspoiled forests, carrying visitors across the historic Suwannee River on an abandoned railroad trestle.


The Suwannee River is a federally designated wild river. It is the only major waterway in the southeastern United States that is still unspoiled. The Suwannee flows from the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. It winds for almost 266 miles through swamps, high limestone banks, hammocks of hardwood, and salt marshes. It also has fifty-five springs along the way. The river’s limestone outcroppings and a drop in elevation create Florida’s only whitewater rapids at Little Shoals and Big Shoals located several miles upstream from the city of White Springs.

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