You will find in my Florida State Park section a previous review of Gilchrist Blue Spring State Park. Each time we go back and visit a park I add a few more pictures and descriptions of our experiences that provide a bit more insight of the special character of the park. I hope you find these observations useful in planning your camping experiences in the future.
Blue Springs Spring head
Ginnie Springs, is located down river from Gilchrest Blue Springs State Park. It is a private park where families campout and divers explore the caves of the springs on the property. We found that Gilchrist is by far a better choice if you want to avoid crowds and partiers who tend to stay up late. If you decide to make reservations to stay at any of the Florida State parks it is wise to plan ahead. The sites open up to reserve eleven months in advance especially in prime season if you want to plan your visit over the weekend during the busy season in the spring and fall you can make your reservations for Gilchrist at this Florida State Park website. If you plan your trip during the week and not around a holiday in the summer it is possible to get a site for a few days as folks will at times cancel their reservations creating an opening.
Florida is known for it's fresh water springs. There are many options to explore in various parts of our state. The Springs are great place to cool down during the long hot humid summers that the summer season brings us.