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The Drew bridge is named for George and Frank Drew who were sons of George F. Drew, governor of Florida from 1877-81. The brothers operated the Suwannee and San Pedro Railroad which was logging the then virgin forests of the middle Suwannee River valley. In 1899, the Drews purchased the narrow gauge swing bridge in Brazil for $15,000 and floated it on a barge to its present location.Sometimes referred to as "the swinging bridge", as the trains or river travel needed, the Drew Bridge was moved into place by turning a crank located in the middle of the bridge.
Canoe Suwannee serves canoe and kayak enthusiasts in the central section of the Suwannee River from Dowling Park to Branford. Many springs feed into the Suwannee River along this section some of them on the map and some of them not. From the water you will also observe wildlife and beautiful rock formations as well as find some history along the way.
Troy Springs is a wonderful place to swim in the shallow portion or snorkel and SCUBA dive in the 70 foot deep end. The shallow spring reveals the resting place for the wreckage of a civil war era paddle boat that was scuttled to avoid its capture.
A half-mile nature trail gives you access to see the surrounding area and make use of the sanitary facilities at the State Park information center.
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