The first-magnitude spring at this park produces an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily. In winter, West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer waters of the springs. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are also a great spot for swimming. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through hardwood wetlands to the Suwannee River. Canoe and kayaks can be rented May through September. Children enjoy the playground in the picnic area. Hiking and bicycling are available on the north end trail system. The full-facility campground is surrounded by red oak woods.

Great place to camp in cooler months and hike year round. Always neat when you see the manatees or giant baked potatoes with tails as my wife describes them.

backpacking
6 months ago

This park is amazing, although we visited Easter weekend and it was pretty crowded. Even so, the hiking trails were dead empty. We took the scenic trail all the way up to the northernmost point in the park that emptied out at a boat slip where we ate lunch. Be careful of ticks around here, we picked up five or six of them just sitting by the river. The round trip was about 7 miles I think, and coming back and sticking our feet in the spring was the greatest ending to a hike ever. Definitely bring lots of bug spray though -- if we stopped for even a second, we were literally swarmed with gnats. Really the best solution would probably be a netted hat.

After our hike, we rented a canoe ($20 for 2 hours) and went down the spring out into the river where we saw 3 alligators and a heckton of turtles, it was awesome. Also the barbecue place here makes for some excellent post-hike food :)

hiking
Friday, November 18, 2016

canoeing
Friday, March 21, 2014

nice park. Andersons outdoor adventures is a great group there for camping and canoeing.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

walking
Saturday, May 11, 2013

canoeing
Friday, May 03, 2013

You not only have the advantage of hiking, biking, and enjoying nature, but also can dive, swim, snorkel there... really a nice place!