Blue Springs

The park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second-magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River.

The other named springs on-site are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring, which provide scenic vistas and photographic opportunities.

The most significant ecological habitats include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for a diversity of wildlife species, including turtles, fish and invertebrates. Redbreast and spotted sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish can be observed in waters with unparalleled visibility.

Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the park. Pavilions are available, and a concession stand provides food and beverage service plus paddling equipment rentals. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, nature study and picnicking.

  • Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is located in Gilchrist County about five miles to the west of High Springs off Northwest 182nd Avenue (County Road 340) in the north-central part of the state along the Santa Fe River.
  • The park is located 25 miles south of Lake City and 20 miles to the northwest of Gainesville.


Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
7450 N.E. 60th St.
High Springs FL 32643
Phone: (386) 454-1369 for Reservations & Information

Fees: $4-$6 Per Vehicle

Hours: 8am-sundown, 365 days a year