Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, Florida

At the intersection of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers, patches of rain lilies spring up on earthen mounds built to defend against Union Navy gunboats.

This park is alive with history. Visitors can see remnants of a 19th-century steamship and two ghost towns that have been reclaimed by the sandhill wilderness, which is home to diverse and imperiled native species.

Look out over the river or stop by Little Gem Spring, and you are treading on storied ground. 

Contributor: Beth Morrill

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