Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Blue Springs Park is a freshwater retreat for explorers, nature enthusiasts and aqua-holics. This natural playground is renowned for its 72-degree, clear blue water for swimming and snorkeling. Anderson's Outdoor Adventures, an outdoor and aquatic equipment rental company, is available onsite making it easy for guests to rent masks, paddleboards or kayaks to explore the spring or neighboring Santa Fe River. At the spring, visitors are encouraged walk the quarter-mile-long boardwalk that connects the park to the Santa Fe River. The nature trail winds through the north Florida pines and thick shrubbery, which are teeming with wildlife. Guests can also picnic at the park as it is furnished with benches, pavilions, and tables under shady oaks. A concession stand, a volleyball court with overhead sprinkler, games of horseshoe, and restrooms are all available on the grounds, as well as a bathhouse for showering. The park allows for RV and primitive camping.
ACTIVITIES: Biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, swimming.
RENTALS: Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, masks, snorkels, pavilion spaces.