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

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  - $5 per person

Directions

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 milesto entrance to Blue Springs Campground turnoff (look for sign). Followanother two miles to Blue Springs.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

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 thewestern end of the pool. Water is very clear and blue, and fish congregateunder the dive town in the deeper water. A diving platform on the westside juts out over the springhead. The cave entrance is visible from theplatform. Another smaller cave is just to the left as one stands on theplatform looking out over the water. Elodea or hydrilla are present inthe basin, but appeared to be clear out periodically. Exotic vegetationalso clogs most of the quarter-mile spring run to the river. The middleof 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 wayto 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, whichappears to have been placed to prevent erosion and sand running into thespring basin and run.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

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

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Other Nearby Natural Features

Contact Information

Blue Springs Park and Campground
High Springs, Fla.
386-454-1369