Blue Springs Park

Blue Springs Park, High Springs: Address, Phone Number, Blue Springs Park Reviews: 4/5

Blue Springs Park
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Explore 250 acres of the "Real Florida" and stroll along our 1/4 mile boardwalk as it follows the springs run to the Santa Fe River. Gaze into the crystal blue depths from the dock overlooking the spring's boil. Whether it's swimming, picnicking, tubing, canoeing, camping, hiking or just plain relaxing...make Blue Springs your adventure destination!
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Melissa K
40 contributions
Florida’s Beauty!
Mar 2021 • Couples
One of my favorite parks! First time paddleboarding at the park! Fun for families little beach area.
Written 23 March 2021
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Rhino2525
Palm Bay, FL1,601 contributions
Enjoyable morning watching the manatees
Jan 2021
My wife and I recently visited Blue Springs park to see the manatees for something to do outside during COVID times recently on a Tuesday late morning. It was a brisk January morning but not freezing. We didn't expect the size of the crowd there for a Tuesday but the one lot was already full (no big del - we parked in the other end of the boardwalk). The sign stated that there was 454 manatees in the park the day that we visited. We saw at least 100 of them strolling the 1/4 mile boardwalk and lookouts. The sun is on the other side of the water so they were for the most part in the shallow waters in the sun so not real close to the boardwalk / lookouts but could still see the loveable sea cows.

It was an enjoyable and non-hurried morning strolling the waterside and gazing them and the huge amount of fish and some birds. It was very pretty and definitely Old Florida.

The only negative was that some of the people refused to war their face coverings (during COVID - approximately 25% of the people) and did not social distance. We were not in a rush so we just moved away from them.

We sat an open park like area deciding where to have lunch in Deland and enjoyed the scenery. There were kids running around and playing in this park area. A pretty value priced day ($6 per car) to take the family to get of the house.
Written 22 January 2021
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wegnerjd1
Salt Lake City, UT26 contributions
Manatee
Jan 2021
There were 312 manatees there that particular day. We came on Martin Luther King weekend on Sunday and we had to wait to get in for about 45 min. Well worth the wait really cool seeing all the fish, turtles, manatee and even some wild turkeys. Definitely recommend
Written 19 January 2021
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2again
Chatham, IL707 contributions
Calm Beauty
Jan 2021
This experience is a treasure for nature lovers. As you enter the park you are notified as to the number of manatees in the area for that day. In addition to the magnificent manatees, the birds and fish populations are varied and also wonderful. We loved our visit and hope to return.
Written 8 January 2021
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Carlos S
Miami, FL16 contributions
"Lovely Springs & Nice Hiking Trail.
Dec 2020
These state parks in the area are modest but do feature unique geological beauty in the form of natural springs and rivers. We enjoyed our visit.
Written 1 January 2021
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Sandi N
Panama City, FL32 contributions
Worst State Park in Florida !
Oct 2020 • Solo
The spring is absolutely beautiful BUT don’t go for the camping experience. Campsites are on top of each other with no privacy whatsoever. I love dogs but the campground smells like dog urine. Disgusting!
Written 28 October 2020
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gksbas
Murfreesboro, TN28 contributions
We love FL natural springs.
Oct 2020 • Family
Cold and refreshing... not to mention breath taking beauty. We even saw a manatee and her baby calf.
Written 11 October 2020
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Nicole M
Orlando, FL5 contributions
TWO THUMBS UP
Sep 2020
If you like a family camping experience, this is the place to be! At first we thought "wow, we're close to our neighbors", but everyone was respectful, and it ended up feeling like we were camping with friends by the time our trip was over. We camped at site #12. The spring is beautiful and there's a 1/4 mile spring run where you can kayak or tube in totally clear water until it hits the Sante Fe where the water turns brown (due to the cypress trees). The only drawback was that the bathroom/showers are shared with the day visitors, but since they left at 7:45 p.m., we just used the facilities the most in the evenings. The bathrooms are cleaned every morning between 7 - 8 a.m. Overall, we give our experience two thumbs up! And it's close to Ichetucknee Springs, which was a blast!
Written 16 September 2020
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FLGIRL
The Villages, FL252 contributions
Beautiful spring and park
Aug 2020
I know this park as Gilchrist Spring State Park. It is a gorgeous spring offering camping, snorkeling, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, kayaking, a mile hike, and picnicking. They have covered pavilions, not sure if they are first come first serve or reserved as well as a few scattered picnic tables. There is a small beach area to the entrance into the ‘pool’ area of the spring. The parking lot was fairly small and all sand. The driveway in is also all sand. The mile hike is a path full of tree roots and the like so not great for those with difficulty in walking and definitely not good for a wheelchair. The water is a spring which means the temp is always a chilly 72 degrees. Restrooms are available with showers and changing area. $6 for a car load which we had 4 people.
Written 20 August 2020
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Liz D
Key West, FL215 contributions
Good for One Night Stay
Aug 2020
We've visited a lot of Florida State Parks and in terms of natural beauty this on is not to be missed! The spring is amazing and that kayaking/canoeing on the Santa Fe River is definitely worth it.

We camped here for one night and that was plenty. This park is on the smaller/less developed than most others I've seen so there really isn't much hiking or anything to do besides swim in the spring. It was worth it to camp because you basically have the spring to yourself in the evening.

The facilities were below par compared to most state parks. The entrance road is long and super rough. The campground is very small and not very private. The bathhouse looks like it was built in the '50s and not updated (or deep cleaned) since. It's my understanding that this had been a private attraction and the state only acquired it a few years ago. I know they're working on fixing a lot of the facilities but it might be a while yet before improvements really get made.
Written 5 August 2020
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