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Spring-hopping at Florida State Parks

Temperatures are rising and school’s out for summer so make a splash at one of our spring parks! These parks in North-Central Florida are perfect places to cool off. Camp or stay at a cabin in Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, in Mayo, or Suwannee River State Park, in Live Oak, and enjoy swimming, scuba diving and more at these nearby springs (all less than an hour’s drive away).

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Madison Blue Spring State Park

Ranked one the best swimming holes in the country by USA today, this crystal-clear, first-magnitude spring in Lee is about 82-feet wide and 25-feet deep. The spring bubbles up into a limestone basin along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River and is surrounded by scenic woodlands—creating a picturesque setting for picnicking, paddling, and wildlife viewing.



Troy Spring State Park

Bring your snorkel and a picnic for an old-fashioned swimming hole party at this 70-foot deep, first-magnitude spring in Brandford. Nestled in the shallow water of the spring run are the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat, Madison, which was scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured. A hidden gem in North-Central Florida, Troy Spring has an accessible walkway, picnic tables, an interpretive nature trail and a riverside dock for canoeists and boaters on the Suwannee River.



Ichetucknee Springs
State Park

If you’re looking for a water-filled adventure don’t skip Ichetucknee Springs in Fort White! Enjoy tubing through pristine ecosystems filled with wildlife, snorkeling at Blue Hole spring or rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard to explore the scenic Ichetucknee River at your own pace.



Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Wind your way from spring to sink, following a well-shaded 1.2-mile interpretive trail at this park in Live Oak. Explore one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental United States or cool off by diving, snorkeling or swimming in Orange Grove Sink or Peacock Springs.



For more nearby springs action and camping and cabin opportunities see Fanning Springs, Rainbow Springs or Manatee Springs state parks.


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Division of Recreation and Parks

3900 Commonwealth Boulevard | Tallahassee, FL 32399

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