New River (Santa Fe River tributary)

Coordinates: 29°55′14″N 82°25′05″W / 29.92056°N 82.41806°W / 29.92056; -82.41806
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New River
Old railroad trestle over the New River, future route of Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail as well as the Florida National Scenic Trail
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceNew River Swamp
 • locationBaker County
 • coordinates30°10′02″N 82°07′58″W / 30.16722°N 82.13278°W / 30.16722; -82.13278
MouthSanta Fe River
 • coordinates
29°55′14″N 82°25′05″W / 29.92056°N 82.41806°W / 29.92056; -82.41806
 • elevation
49 ft (15 m)
Length31 mi (50 km)

New River is a 31-mile-long (50 km)[4] tributary of the Santa Fe River in northern Florida, United States. The river was used as the border to create Union County from Bradford County (formerly New River County, Florida) in 1921.

The Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail, a multi-use recreational trail that includes a portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail, will, when completed, cross the New River southeast of the town of Lake Butler. The Florida Trail currently crosses the New River along State Road 100.

An application from HSP Enterprises to mine phosphate from a 7,400-acre (3,000 ha) tract spanning the New River has met opposition from local residents. As of January 2018, Bradford County was reviewing the application, while Union County had placed a moratorium on mining applications until February 2019.[5]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: New River. Retrieved on 2008-06-30.
  2. ^ Boning, Charles R. (2007). Florida's Rivers. Pineapple Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-56164-400-1.
  3. ^ "Office of Greenways and Trails | Florida Department of Environmental Protection". Retrieved 2009-04-06.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 18, 2011
  5. ^ Tinker, Cleveland. "Moratorium extended on Union County phosphate plan". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2018-11-19.