A “Down-Home” RV Resort

Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground, Mayo, Florida

What’s Going on with Don & Norma?: Don and I are back on the road with the ultimate goal of going to Big Bend National Park in late February, the Grand Canyon in February/March and a Leisure Travel Van Vacation/Seminar in Las Vegas during March, a cruise to Alaska out of Seattle in May, the Lavender Festival in Sequim (Washington) in July and back to Baton Rouge in December. Of course, these are just the highlights but all in-between planning is ongoing.

This full-time RV way-of-life is still fun and exciting. We’ve learned to not plan everything so that we can take life as it goes. This new stop on the Suwannee River is one we enjoyed and I hope I have been able to capture it so that you will enjoy it, too.

Small World: This morning at Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort, Don met our neighbor and found out the two of them had a lot in common. The fellow had also been in the Air Force and worked on aircraft as a mechanic, they had a lot to talk about – small world.

Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground, Mayo, Florida

Opinion: Recommended. Suwannee River Rendezvous is a folksy kind of place where you expect everyone to say “howdy.” It advertises that Grandma Susie and Grandpa Frank welcome you to the park and their presence is a reoccurring theme. However, this place is all about the river – canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. Unfortunately we weren’t able to go on the river because it was turbulent due to recent rains, and we were told only highly experienced white water paddlers could go out.

Activities: Canoe/kayak rentals, scuba diving, outdoor playgrounds, river overlooks, crystal spring called ‘Convict Springs’, pavilions, cabins, hotel rooms, primitive (tent) campsites, RV campsites, a heated pool and a spa tub. Additionally Suwannee River Rendezvous has a Friday night bingo game, a Sing-a-long and play a game called Chicken Poo Bingo. On Saturday they have pigeon races, karaoke, a trivia contest, and on the last Saturday of the month they have a live band.

Dates of Stay: January 31 – February 2, 2017

Weather During Stay: Warm and sunny during the day (seventies) and cold nights (high forties).

Overview of Sites: All camper sites are FHU with 22 pull-through sites (sites #147-168) and 110 back-in sites.

Sites are level crushed limestone, separated by grass lawns with a picnic table and a fire ring. Trees are scattered here and there in the campground, with tall trees on the perimeter. Some sites have covered structures.

Laundry: The laundry room has several washers and dryers and a small exchange library.

Restrooms: In the RV camper section there are three private bathrooms and showers.

Rate: We paid the Passport America rate, $20/night for 30 or 50 amps FHU. Excellent price.

Our Site/Phone/TV: Site 119 – Verizon and AT&T worked for phone. Cable TV provided (bring your own cable) with 32 channels and limited wi-fi at site but we were able to connect to check email. Good wi-fi available at office.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This park is sandwiched between the Suwannee River and the neighboring woods. Hilly near the river but flat in the RV campground. It is located in a rural area near the village of Mayo, Florida and very green.

Lighting/Noise: No obtrusive lighting or noise at night.

Favorite Camper Sites: The biggest difference in sites is proximity to either the woods, the road, or the center section. I don’t think I would like the sites backing up to the main road (sites 106-117) because of the potential dust from vehicles going down the crushed limestone road.

RV Office: This park is a little different. If you already know your site number you may proceed to your site and go to the office after you have set-up. If not, park in the paved parking lot near the pool and walk down the road to the Office. The road leading to the office is rough, tight, and unpaved. The sites near the office are tent sites and the ones near the pool are camper sites.

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The Office area has a small store, fast food kitchen, tables, and booths to sit and eat while looking at the river and Convict Springs. It also has games, puzzles, and movies to watch on a big screen television. However, my favorite part were the rockers and fireplaces where you could sit and spend a rainy day watching the river and springs.

Special Notes: To enter the park you must go for a short distance down a crushed limestone road. Go slowly down the road to help keep the dust down. The road in the camper portion of the resort is paved but the unpaved road continues to the office and the tent camping area.

Good Toad Hook-Up/Un-Hook Site: Parking lot near pool

Hiking/Walking: You can wander off down the crushed limestone road to a long sunny paved walking/bike path on the main road.

Comments: Talking to other RVers this is a place that people return to year-after-year. Several sites were occupied by what appeared to be construction workers and their families, but were neat and tidy. We found our stay relaxed and enjoyable.

Interesting Tidbits of Information about the Area:

1 – The Suwannee River winds for hundreds of miles through swamps, hardwood hammocks, limestone outcropping, and salt marshes from Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico. To the Tucuman Indians, the native Americans who lived on the river for thousands of years, the river was sacred to the Sun God who brought all the beautiful colors to the flowers. We can see why it is a sacred place.

2 – Another interesting tidbit is that the Florida state song is by Stephen Foster and is called “Way Down Upon the Suwannee River.”

Happy Trails

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