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Blue Spring State Park (Volusia County)

Description:

Blue Springs State Park has a different feel to it than the other springs I’ve visited. After leaving the parking area, you find yourself at the spring run. If you were to go left, you’d end up in the St. John’s River. Follow it to your right to find the spring. You can get in the water here and walk upstream, but be warned, the bottom is rocky and without water shoes, it can be pretty painful. You can also hike the boardwalk that runs parallel to the run, which also leads to the spring itself. Along the boardwalk and at the spring itself, the banks rise sharply from the water. The view is excellent from the boardwalk, especially at the spring’s headwaters.

The spring sits in a pool about 100ft in diameter. Water flows from a large “crack” in the limestone, and it’s depth is approximately 40 feet.  At the top of the cave’s entrance sits several downed trees.  When I visited, the water was more of an emerald green than blue.

This spring is surrounded by thick jungle vegetation which really adds to the beauty of this park. In the winter, Manatees come into the spring and it’s run seeking warmer water.

Fees:

$6.00 per vehicle (2-8 people)
$4.00 for single occupant vehicles
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers

Camping:

$24.00 per night, plus tax, which includes water & electricity
Florida residents 65 or older on social security disability or a 100 percent disability get 50% off

Cabin Rental:

$95.00 per night

Directions:

2100 W. French Ave Orange City, FL 32763
386-775-3663


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Official website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/

 

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