This little-known gem on the Flint River is the perfect location for a daytime getaway. Visitors can cool off in the gently flowing river, skip rocks across the water, picnic on the rivers edge or toss horseshoes in a grassy field. A three-mile trail winds along the bank and up rocky bluffs, offering excellent views from high above the river. Hikers can look for abundant wildflowers and butterflies. Birding enthusiasts might spot tanagers, warblers, osprey and eagles. A boat ramp is available for canoeists, kayakers, rafters and anglers, and canoes may be rented from nearby outfitters. Camping and cottages are available 25 miles west at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain.
Depending on whether you go up river or down makes a big difference. Downriver is called the longleaf loop trail. It is really pretty with views of the river and park, it follows a little stream up the mountain past an old moonshine still and two old cabins, you can still see the rock piles from the chimneys, one chimney has crumbled but the other has an intact base. It's pretty neat to imagine what life must've been like for these early settlers to the area. There is a nice rock bench up top with a view that is great for contemplating life. It is open and grassy up top with neat wildflowers (especially in sept/oct) and great birdwatching especially in the spring. It loops back down to the river and has good fishing access along the river, lots of neat ferns and irises, little springs coming out of the hillside, and cool rock outcrops along the river. The dnr is still managing this area even though the county runs the park and they burn these woods every few years. This loop is maybe 1.5 mile with one long climb up/down the mountain on either end. It is short but could be called an easy hike except for the climb.
Up river the trail stops by a couple nice overlooks and runs upriver mostly in the floodplain (except for one short but steep climb just past the overlooks). In the spring the wild azaleas bloom and it is really pretty. Three spur trails head up hill and tie into the road you drive in on so you can't do it as a loop upriver. Depending on how far you go you can turn this into a 2 mile hike round trip. Like the downriver trail it is generally easy except for the climb.
Hopefully the county recognizes how great Sprewell bluff is and leaves it mostly natural. You can't improve on perfect!