Take A Virtual Florida Vacation To Gilchrist County’s Spring-Fed Swimming Holes

Now, while travel (local, regional, national and international) has slowed, it’s the perfect time to get out the maps, and take a “virtual vacation” to Natural North Florida. We’ve got plenty to see, and hope to see you (at a safe social distance!) once time get better.

Hart Springs Park
Otter Springs Park

There are bigger springs along the Suwannee River in Florida’s Gilchrist County. Two in particular, Otter Springs and Hart Springs, are small — and lots of fun for locals as well as visitors to Natural North Florida.

Otter Springs

Otter Springs Park is a 500+ acre property, featuring a large campground and second-magnitude freshwater spring, located just west of Trenton, Florida at 6470 SW 80th Avenue

Otter Springs Park & Campground provides a perfect base camp to explore Florida’s Nature Coast, a nine-county stretch along the gulf that offers unique recreational and cultural adventures in an unspoiled environment.
The spring pool at Otter Springs is shallow, cool and comfortable. It’s also a short walk from the enclosed pool and meeting faciiltsy
The campground offers more than 100 campsites with electric, water and sewer hook-ups, several tent camping spots and four cabins. You can enjoy swimming in the pool, which is heated during the winter, or cool off in the 2nd magnitude spring located in the picnic area. There are also several hiking trails that lead to the famous Suwannee River, a small basketball court and a volleyball net available. For reservations, call 352.463.0800
Otter Springs Park is county owned and operated as part of the ForVets Camp Valor Project.
The spring run to the Suwannee River is an excellent short paddle and offers access to the big main river.

Hart Springs

Hart Springs Park, 4250 SW 86th Avenue, Bell, FL
Everyone is welcome at Hart Springs. Hart Springs Park along with Gilchrist County are working to make the park even more accessible by building sidewalks to interconnect all major facets of the park. The sidewalks connect the boardwalk and springs
There’s good access by boat from the Suwannee River to Hart Springs Park….
…or you can rent a kayak, canoe or tube on site from Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures
Located at the springs under a canopy of granddaddy oaks the primitive campground is $30 plus applicable taxes per night. The RV campground has large sites with full hookups (water, sewer, electric), and includes a pool for $35 plus applicable taxes per day. Both have hot showers, clean facilities, and a store at the springs. Call (352) 463-3444 for weekly/monthly rates.

Hart Springs is connected to the Florida Greenway trail and many more routes on improved rural roads, allowing for unlimited choices of exploration by bicycle.
Rent this beautiful, fully furnished secluded house at Hart Springs just a stones throw from the spring and a short walk to the Suwannee River.
3 bedroom – sleeps 8 comfortably – 2 bath
Call (352) 463-3444 fot more information and reservations
. Or Click HERE
Hart Springs Park, along with its second magnitude 72-degree freshwater spring, offers picnic pavilions, camping (RV and tent camping), a fun water park, and a store on premises. There’s even a county boat ram just around the corner on the Suwannee River. There’s something here for everyone!