Located along the historic Suwannee River and the Santa Fe River, our area springs are an inviting source of cool, clear water that has attracted people for thousands of years. Swimming or snorkeling in the springs is a refreshing activity on a hot day. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the springs are also a great spot for swimming. The springs run form a sparkling stream that meanders through hardwood wetlands to the Suwannee River.
Whether you enjoy paddling, fishing, swimming, camping, observing wildlife or just plain relaxing you’ll find it all in the “Springs Capital of the World.”
Discover Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, Ellie Ray’s RV Resort, Ginnie Springs, Hart Springs and Otter Springs. Our crystal clear springs are inviting you to travel along the Santa Fe & historic Suwannee River.
Diving more your style? Then visit Hart Springs or explore Ginnie Springs – world-renowned for cave diving. Come visit and enjoy our Southern Hospitality.
Explore Our Natural Springs
Map of Our Area Springs
Click on each map marker for more information on each location.
Fanning Springs State Park
swimming snorkeling picnicking hiking birding
This 1st-magnitude spring has a short run to the Suwannee River and features a boat dock right at the spring. Manatees often enter the spring run during cool weather at this 188-acre state park.
– Volleyball courts
– Softball field
– 3/4-mile nature trail
– Picnic pavilions
– Cabins available, book yours at ReserveAmerica
Access: The park entrance is right on U.S. Highway 19 in Fanning Springs, Florida.
For more information, write c/o Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 NW 115th St., Chiefland, FL 32626
Hart Springs Park
Rates: $24 per night, $4 day use, $75 annual family pass, $18 diving plus an entrance fee.
Discounts: Annual family pass (day use only)
Special 2012/2013 monthly camping rates. $360 for 30A service and $375 for 50A service.
Info: No pets, no alcohol, many new RV sites
Amenities: Large spring-fed swim area, natural springs with access to the Suwannee River, half mile of boardwalk trails, volleyball court, water craft rentals. Diving now available with approved Hart Guide, see website for details.
Blue Springs Resort is a privately-owned park that contains several springs. Blue Spring, a first-magnitude spring, has a 125-foot diameter, 23-foot deep swimming area and a spring run that empties into the Santa Fe River. At the river, Rum Island is visible upstream on the Columbia County side. Smaller springs, such as Little Blue, Johnson, Kiefer, and Naked Spring dot the property. RV and tent camping, tube and canoe rentals, a nature trail, and a boardwalk are available. No Pets
Rates: $16 per Adult/per night. Call for diving Rates.
Day use: $10 adult; $6.00 per Child (7-14 yrs); children under 6 free
Info: No pets
Amenities: Springs tubing, canoeing, scuba diving, swimming, and volleyball. 200 acres of camping, some sites front on the Santa Fe River with a two-and-one-half mile shoreline on the River. Seven clear springs. Open year-round.
Otter Springs Park & Campground offers many opportunities for fun family activities including camping, swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing and several facilities to accommodate groups for family reunions, parties, weddings, meetings or any other social gathering. The campground offers more than 100 campsites with electric, water and sewer hook-ups, several tent camping spots and four cabins. You can enjoy swimming in the pool, which is heated during the winter, or cool off in the 2nd magnitude spring located in the picnic area. There are also several hiking trails that lead to the famous Suwannee River, a small basketball court and a volleyball net available. Otter Springs Park & Campground is a Gilchrist County park; visit our website or check us out on Facebook!