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The lands comprising the Twin Rivers State Forest are owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District. It is managed by two state agencies; Florida Division of Forestry (primary) and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission (hunting). There are four primitive campsites along the trail. Two are within the Ellaville Unit, and the Black and Mill Creek North Units each have one
The trail is named after a booming town of more than 1,000 residents that once existed at the confluence of the Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers in the late 1800's. The town was the headquarters for George F. Drew and Louis Bucki's business concerns which included logging, saw mill operations, turpentine production and railroad car building. George Drew was the first governor of Florida after the Reconstruction and lived in a beautiful mansion just a short distance from the present trail. The ruins are still there. The town declined in the 1900's and closed its post office in 1942.
Other points of interest along the trail include the Stroud Family Cemetery and the DeSoto Trail exhibit just a short distance off the trail. The exhibit can be reached by taking the blue-blazed trail just south of the railroad tracks close to old Highway 90 (0.5 mile round trip). The exhibit is located in the picnic area annex of the Suwannee River State Park. It was at this point that historians believe Hernando DeSoto crossed the Suwannee River in September 1539 on his quest to the Mississippi River. From this point, one can follow a trail east across the river into the main part of the park.
Location: This trail, stretching for over 13.5 miles, is located along the Withlacoochee and Suwannee Rivers. Hiking will be on trails in the Twin Rivers State Forest,
and on graded roads in Madison County. The trail may be accessed at the Withlacoochee River Bridge on CR 141, from
River Road West 4.9 miles south of the I-10 interchange, and from parking areas at the Ellaville, Black, and Mill Creek North Units of the Twin Rivers State Forest. Access is also available via a blue-blazed trail from Suwannee River State Park.