The Lower Suwannee Nat.’l Wildlife Refuge encompasses the lower 20 miles of the Suwannee River and fronts 26 miles of the Gulf of Mexico. We visited only the southwest portion of the refuge. We particularly wanted to see Shell Mound.
Shell Mound is a great archaeological find. It is the largest remaining shell mound on the Central Gulf Coast. The mound covers 5 acres of land and rises 28′ above sea level. Estimated to be nearly 6000 years old. (2500 B.C.-A.D. 1000) It was built up over thousands of years by ancient cultures with the remains of countless meals of oysters, whelks, fish, turtle and deer bones along with household debris.
We had intended to hike more than just Shell Mound but to our dismay we discovered it was Family Hunt season. Having seen hunters in the vicinity and not having our orange vests with us, we felt it would be prudent to forgo our trek into the forests and swamps. However we did take the Lower Suwannee Nature Drive. Much of this drive is through swamp. We kept our eyes open for alligators but didn’t see any.
This scenery is vastly different from the Upper Michigan two-tracks we are used to exploring. We find this habitat intriguing to us for that very reason. We do so enjoy seeking out new vistas.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid………………