Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

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Blue Spring

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine?  - developed swim/recreation/camp/beach area with platform, walkway, exotics in water, low retaining wall along shore
  • Swimming - fine to excellent
  • Protection - very good/private
  • Crowds - very heavy on warm weekends
  • Access - excellent
  • Facilities  - excellent
  • Safety  - very good
  • Scuba  - no
  • Cost  - $10 per person

Directions

Address: 7450 NE 60th St, High Springs, FL 32643, 386-454-1369, website: www.bluespringspark.com/index.htm From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road) and drive about five miles to entrance to Blue Springs Campground turnoff (look for sign). Follow another two miles to Blue Springs.

Spring Description

The spring forms a circular pool that is about 125 feet in diameter. Water issues from limestone boulders at a depth of about 23 feet in the western end of the pool. Water is very clear and blue, and fish congregate under the dive town in the deeper water. A diving platform on the westside juts out over the springhead. The cave entrance is visible from the platform. Another smaller cave is just to the left as one stands on the platform looking out over the water. Elodea or hydrilla are present in the basin, but appeared to be clear out periodically. Exotic vegetation also clogs the quarter-mile spring run to the river. The middle of the run is clear, revealing a sandy bottom at a depth of about 5 feet. A wooden walkway/boardwalk parallels the run on the east side all the way to the mouth of the run at the Santa Fe River. From the end of the boardwalk, Rum Island may be seen a short distance upriver on the opposite bank. There is also a low retaining wall along most of the shore line, which appears to have been placed to prevent erosion and sand running into the spring basin and run.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

Blue Springs is a lovely site and full-service campground with swimming both at Blue Spring and at nearby Naked Spring. However, it can be overrun on warm weekends, and visiting at other times is recommended.

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