Looking for somewhere new to explore this summer? The newest addition to Florida State Parks, Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is home to a beautiful display of natural springs that is sure to lure you in with its cool, crystalline waters. This natural wonder is the perfect spot for an outdoor adventure, where you can spend a day paddling, snorkeling and soaking up the mesmerizing beauty of its second magnitude spring.

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Swimming hole at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Swimming hole at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Producing an average of 44 million gallons of water per day, the Gilchrist Blue spring has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River. There are other springs on site to admire, including the Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring.

Boardwalk at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
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Boardwalk at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Wildlife watchers will delight at the array of diversity that can be spotted here, from inquisitive turtles to colorful schools of fish. Pack your sunscreen and enjoy a family-friendly day in this picturesque park, where outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy kayaking, canoeing or leisurely walk along its elevated boardwalk.

Swimming area in Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Swimming area in Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Bring your lunch and enjoy it under the shade of the pavilions or purchase food and beverages from the concession stand. Those who want to admire the lush foliage that surrounds the park can take a stroll through the scenic hiking trails, while fishing spots dotted along the tranquil Santa Fe River offer a tranquil ambiance.

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Not ready to leave? Enjoy a night under the stars at one of the park’s 25 campsites and wake up to the sight of pristine natural landscapes surrounding you.

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is located in Gilchrist County about five miles to the west of High Springs in the north central part of the state along the Santa Fe River. The park is located 25 miles south of Lake City and about 20 miles to the northwest of Gainesville.

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park:
Address: 7450 NE 60th St, High Springs, FL 32643
Phone: (386) 454-1369

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