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Splash Into the Springs Near Gainesville, FL

North Florida is home to over 1,000 freshwater springs and the largest collection of First Magnitude fresh water springs in the United States. The springs are a perfect way to get outside and explore the natural side of the state. Did you know the crystal clear water flows from underground at a refreshing 72 degrees Fahrenheit, or 22 degrees Celsius, all year round? Make sure to add a visit to the springs to your Gainesville and Alachua County itinerary.

clear water at blue springs state park

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
7450 NE 60th St., High Springs FL 32643
386-454-1369
www.FloridaStateParks.org

The park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River.

clear water at ginnie springs

Ginnie Springs
7300 Ginnie Springs Rd., High Springs, FL 32643
(386) 454-7188
www.GinnieSpringsOutdoors.com

Splash into several several springs and float on a raft down the Santa Fe River. An expansive underwater cave system makes Ginnie Springs an international destination for certified scuba divers. The park also hosts special events throughout the year.

people floating on rafts down the spring fed river at itchetucknee springs state park

Itchetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW US Hwy 27, Fort White FL 32038
386-497-4690
www.FloridaStateParks.org

Floating down the spring-fed Ichetucknee River is the perfect summer tradition and a refreshing, relaxing way to escape into nature. Blue Hole Spring is the largest of several springs at the park, producing on average 67 million gallons of water per day. The clear water is the main attraction, but wildlife is also in abundance with sightings of birds, turtles and more.

swimmers enjoying the water at rum island springs with paddlers on ther santa fe river

Rum Island Park
1447 SW Rum Island Terr., Fort White, FL 32038

Rum Island Park provides you with free access to the Santa Fe River and the beautiful, clear, freshwater Rum Island spring, one of many springs located on the river.

Poe Springs Park

Poe Springs Park (closed through January 2021)
28800 NW 182nd Ave., High Springs, FL 32643
352-264-6868
www.AlachuaCounty.us

Poe Springs Park will be closed, except for the boat ramp until January 2021. There is a $5.00 vehicle entry fee for the use of the ramp.

Poe Springs is the largest spring in Alachua County and is open to visitors Friday-Sunday. The spring pumps 45 million gallons of cool, refreshing water daily. The park features a playground, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, volleyball courts, softball/kickball/soccer field, nature trails and its own spring.

Poe Springs Park is a 202-acre public park filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields, located along the banks of the Santa Fe River. The shallow water makes it kid-friendly. No pets or alcohol are permitted. Scuba diving is not allowed, although you can free dive to explore a small underwater cave! Depths are about 25 feet.

Plan Your Visit at a Nearby Place to Stay:

America’s Best Value Inn, Alachua
16100 NW US Hwy 441, Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-3251

Cadillac Motel, High Springs
19544 NW Hwy 441, High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-1701

Grady House Historic Bed & Breakfast, High Springs
24042 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, Florida 32643
386-454-2206

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Alachua
16367 NW 167th Blvd. , Alachua, Florida 32615
386-518-6777

High Springs Country Inn
19663 US Highway 441, High Springs, FL 32643 
386-454-1565

Quality Inn Alachua
15960 NW US Hwy 441, Alachua, FL, 32615
386-462-2244

Travelodge by Wyndham, Alachua
15920 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-2414

High Springs Campground
24004 NW Old Bellamy Rd., High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-1688

Travelers Campground, Alachua
17701 April Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-2505

Find more places to stay in Gainesville and Alachua County here.

High Springs, FL is the Gateway to the Springs

High Springs Gateway to the Springs Mural

Add a stop in the town of High Springs and visit a local restaurant, go antique hunting or shop for a one-of-a-kind gift at a boutique.

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