Summary of Features
- Scale -1st magnitude
- Scenery - fine
- How Pristine? - developed swim/recreation/camping area; steps to spring; beach areas
- Swimming -fine
- Protection - very good
- Crowds - heavy on summer weekends
- Access - fine
- Facilities - very good
- Safety - good
- Scuba - yes
- Cost - $1 per person
From Mayo, travel northwest on U.S. 27/SR 20 for 3-4 miles. Turn right ontoHighway 251B (look for sign for the spring), go about two miles, and thenturn right (east) at the sign for Blue Springs. Follow dirt road to the entrance.
For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satellite imagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditions at this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database" web site at thefollowing address: http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida
Separating the spring pool and its run is a natural limestone bridge thatyou can walk over (unless the river is high) or swim under. The bridge isabout 30 feet across and 12 feet wide. The water is clear but has a greenishtint most of the time and is canopied, making it difficult to see to thebottom of the 35-foot pool. The pool has sheer limestone walls. Upwellingwater is evident in the main pool, which is oval and about 45 by 80 feet.The run on the other side of the limestone bridge is about 75 feet and cascadesinto the Suwannee with a steady roar. Despite the stairs leading to the spring,the area is heavily eroded from human use.
The spring itself is surrounded on three sides with steep bluffs with a wooden stairway on two sides. Nearby are two large spring-sinks or karst windows, Yana and Snake. Just as you enter the park, turn to the right andwalk through the opening in the fence to a long and narrow spring-sink thatbends at a 90-degree angle. This is Snake Sink. A path leads around it toYana Sink, which is more oval-shaped. Both are similar to Blue Spring inappearance, as they are countersunk from the surrounding surface about 25feet and have steep sides. Several smaller sinks are nearby. A tunnel connects Yana and Snake. Both sinks also have rope swings. It is clear that waterflows from Yana to Snake and thence to Blue.
- The springs are located within a county park with swimming, trails,a boat ramp, camping area, a camp store, picnic tables, a play area, and bathrooms.
- The area is popular with locals who can be rowdy on weekends.
- The camping area is along the river downriver from the spring and has water and electric hook-ups.
- Although the site supposedly charges admission, the authors have never had to pay to get in.
- Nearby sinks include Bobcat, Stevens, and Skyles.
A very interesting site that is accessible but which is best to visit on weekdays or in the winter to avoid the crowds.
- Flynn Spring
- Allen Mill Pond Spring
- Charles Spring
- Thomas Spring
Blue Springs County Park