The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U. S. Department of the Interior. From the end of May until early September, tubing down the river is the premier activity in the area. In addition to tubing, visitors can enjoy picnicking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing. October through March scuba diving is available in the Blue Hole only (you must be cave certified). White-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river. Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available throughout the park. A full-service concession offers food, refreshments, and outdoor products from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tubes plus snorkeling and diving equipment can be rented from private vendors outside the park located four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238.
This paved trail is great for biking. Watch for occasional glass. Pavement and subsequent repairs to it are rough past the itchenatucknee to branford. Have seen dogs on occasion. All in all a scenic North Florida paved trail. Some nice hilly (Florida hilly) terrain between Oleno an ft white.
Love this place, the water is crystal clear and beautiful. There is a trail that goes over to one of the head sprinsg Blue Hole, then another that walks down to the beginning of the river where you can tube. So much greenery, nice and shaded so its not to hot.
The day we ran this beautiful river was a very high water day. Displaced snakes were everywhere, hanging from tree limbs mostly. By the time we got down to the take out point the park had already shut the river down due to the snakes. Aside from the need to keep watch, it was a pleasant trip down the spring fed river. The water is crystal clear. Normally there would be a lot of tubes and canoes on the river, but we had it to ourselves that day.