is Florida's newest state park Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park The park was
purchased from the original owners to preserve this natural wonder that has attracted
campers and fresh water spring lovers for years.
Blue Springs Head Waters
Blue Springs stays at a constant 72 degrees year round. The waters of the spring flow
out the spring run a quarter mile to the Santa Fe river. The water is crystal clear and full of colorful plant and aquatic wildlife.
Kayak and Canoe rentals are available at the park. Paddlers can enjoy the waters of the Santa Fe river and the many springs that line it's shores. Ginnie Springs is located down river about a mile. Ginnie Springs is a privately owned campground with multiple small springs located on the property. It is known for its underwater spring cave diving and family atmosphere. A great place to escape the hot and humid summers in Florida.
During our visit we enjoyed our location close to the spring head making for easy access with our equipment. The park is upgrading it's campsites and facilities with future plans to improve the unpaved road that leads into the park.
kayak and canoe rentals
Guard shack on the left and camp store on the right
We enjoyed paddling the waters of the Sante Fe stopping for a picnic at Rum Island, a short paddle up river from the spring run. Rum Island Spring and Park has a nice spring that is adjacent to the Santa Fe river. It is roped off to keep paddlers out of the headwaters. The cool clear waters of the spring are delightfully refreshing for visitors who visit this park either by it's docking area or by car.
Paddlers on the Santa Fe River
Rum Island head spring as seen from the Santa Fe River
Cypress Trees line the banks of the Santa Fe River
Gilchrist has a lovely loop trail that will take you to a number of small springs that are surrounded by old cypress groves and lush plant life. The area around this beautiful park is full of beauty that is hard to beat when you are looking for a cool shady place to relax.
Tent camping area
Fresh water spring adjacent to the hiking trail
Cypress groves are common in the park
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