Splash Into the Springs Near Gainesville, FL

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 are a perfect way to get outside and explore the natural side of Florida. 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

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.

clear water at ginnie springs

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

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. Admisison starts at $5 for kids ages 5-12 and $20 per adult.

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

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

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

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.

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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