Jennings Bluff State Geological Site 2023-03-17

Update 2023-03-23: Pictures: Jennings Bluff Florida State Geological Site with Dead River Sink 2023-03-17.

Update 2023-03-16: Partly cloudy and 62 degrees at Jennings at 10 AM, is the current prediction for tomorrow. See you at Jennings Bluff.

One of the most popular WWALS destinations is becoming a Florida State Geological Site.

[Dead River Sink 2022-10-02, Jennings Bluff Tract, Hamilton County, Florida]
Dead River Sink 2022-10-02, Jennings Bluff Tract, Hamilton County, Florida

We last did a WWALS hike to the Dead River Sink on October 2, 2022, after paddling down the Alapaha River in the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

Celebrate Designation of Jennings Bluff Tract as a State Geological Site,

~Short walk to Dead River Swallet will follow ceremony~

[Dead-river-sink --SRWMD]
Explore the Dead River Swallet on the Jennings Bluff Tract.

Join Florida Geological Survey staff at the Jennings Bluff Tract to celebrate its designation as a state geological site. After the designation ceremony, Florida State Geologist Harley Means will lead a short walk to the Dead River Swallet, where he will answer questions and discuss the unique karst geology of the area.

This conservation land is managed by the Suwanee River Water Management District.

Although the .37-mile hike will be brief, attendees are encouraged to bring water, sun protection, walking sticks and comfortable shoes.

WHAT: Designation Ceremony and Walk to Dead River Swallet

WHEN: March 17, 2023
Ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT
Walk to Dead River Swallet at 10:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE: Entrance to Jennings Bluff Property, N.W. 25th Lane, Jennings, FL.
(GPS coordinates: 30.567172, -83.039189 )

From the entrance, drive along the dirt road for 2/3 of a mile and take a left. This will lead you to the Turkey Swallet parking area, which is also the trailhead leading to the Dead River Swallet. Look for the kiosk.

Parking: Event parking will be at the trailhead access point for the Dead River Swallet. Visitors can access the walk from the same location. See map below.

[Jennings Bluff Tract --SRWMD]
Jennings Bluff Tract Parking/Map

About the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s principal environmental agency, created to protect, conserve and manage Florida’s environment and natural resources. The department enforces federal and state environmental laws, protects Florida’s air and water quality, cleans up pollution, regulates solid waste management, promotes pollution prevention and acquires environmentally sensitive lands for preservation. The agency also maintains a statewide system of parks, trails and aquatic preserves. Visit the department’s website at

Thanks to WWALS Science Committee Chair Dr. Tom Potter for spotting this announcement.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!

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