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#44 of 178 state parks in Florida

Best trails in Blue Spring State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Blue Spring State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring and spring run are closed during Manatee season, mid-November through March; swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, snorkeling, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, hiking and boating. Visitors can also stay overnight on a full-facility campground or primitive campsites.

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Map of trails in Blue Spring State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2,600 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(386) 775-3663
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Top trails (3)
#1 - Pine Island Trail
Blue Spring State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
#2 - Blue Spring Campground
Blue Spring State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 41 m
Note: Campgrounds are still closed due to COVID-19 measures however trails are accessible.Show more
#3 - Blue Springs Run Paddle
Blue Spring State Park
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Length: 3 mi
Note: This is a kayaking/canoeing area, not a hiking trail. A 3-4 hour paddle like no other, at Volusia Blue Spring! It's common to spot TONS of cool wildlife along the this loop route out and back paddle. Besides manatees (commonly seen here in the winter months), you’ll have a good chance of seeing bald eagles, red shouldered hawks, ospreys, sandhill cranes, wood storks, fish of many varieties (in the spring), and of course, some alligators! In winter… or any other time of year (only 2 seasons in Florida, ya know)… this place is fantastic! In the winter, it draws huge crowds due to it being host to the largest wintering population of manatees in the State! During the rest of the year, when the ocean and river temperatures are warm enough for the manatees, you may not have as good a chance of spotting a manatee… BUT… you will be able to paddle down the spring-run, which is closed during the winter and turned into a manatee refuge. There are loads of cool fish to see in the spring run, and one of the most impressive vents I’ve ever seen at the spring-head! This place is truly a Florida must-see.Show more