Splash Into the Springs Near Gainesville, FL
Discover crystal-clear water flowing from underground at 72 degrees year-round. North Florida is home to over 1,000 freshwater springs and the largest collection of First Magnitude freshwater springs in the United States. The springs make a perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and relaxing in nature. If you’re looking for outdoor fun, we’ve got you covered with our list of nearby springs, great places to stay and fun things to do.
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
7450 NE 60th St., High Springs FL 32643
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. Admission is $4 (single occupant) to $6 (2-8 people) per vehicle.
7300 Ginnie Springs Rd., High Springs, FL 32643
Splash into 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. Admission starts at $5 for kids ages 5-12 and $20 per adult.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW US Hwy 27, Fort White FL 32038
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, otters, fish and more. Admission is $6 per vehicle.
Rum Island Park
1447 SW Rum Island Terr., Fort White, FL 32038
Rum Island Park provides you with access to the Santa Fe River and the beautiful, clear, freshwater Rum Island spring. Take a scenic hike on the nature trail located near the boat ramp. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Poe Springs Park
28800 NW 182nd Ave., High Springs, FL 32643
Parking is $6 per vehicle and $1 for visitors walking or cycling to the park.
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.
Paddle 8 Springs in 8 Miles or Slowly Float Down the Santa Fe River at Poe Springs Park with Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures
Plan Your Visit at a Nearby Place to Stay:
America’s Best Value Inn, Alachua
16100 NW US Hwy 441, Alachua, FL 32615
Blue Gem Motel
19544 NW US Highway 441, High Springs, FL 32643
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Alachua
16367 NW 167th Blvd. , Alachua, Florida 32615
High Springs Country Inn
19663 US Highway 441, High Springs, FL 32643
Quality Inn Alachua
15960 NW US Hwy 441, Alachua, FL, 32615
Travelodge by Wyndham, Alachua
15920 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
Hampton Inn & Suites, Alachua I-75
15930 NW 163rd Ln., Alachua, FL 32615
High Springs Campground
24004 NW Old Bellamy Rd., High Springs, FL 32643
Travelers Campground, Alachua
17701 April Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615
Find more places to stay in Gainesville and Alachua County here.