Blue Spring State Park

By: Jaynell Perera

Blue Spring is a 2,600 acre State Park in Orange City, Florida, and it’s the largest natural spring in St. John’s River. It is about a 4 hour drive to get to the park from Miami, but it will definitely pay off in the end.  It takes a 5 minute scenic walk on a wooden boardwalk to get to the head of the spring. West Indian Manatees make Blue Spring their home every winter. Therefore, the Spring is closed from mid-November to March 15th due to the manatee season. Swimming or diving with the manatees is not permitted, and it’s strictly enforced. The spring has crystal clear water that stays at an average temperature of 73 degrees all year-long. It is freezing cold, yet, it is still an amazing experience. Swimmers, snorkelers and certified scuba divers with a dive buddy are allowed in the spring. Pets are allowed in the park, but are prohibited in the spring area. The park has many activities and facilities available, including: Fishing, canoeing, boating, a hiking trail, and picnic areas. It offers tent campsites, RV sites, and air-conditioned cabins. The only downfall this reporter found about this park is that it only has 2 bathrooms and they’re kind of far from some campsites. The spring is amazing though, it is honestly one of the best around.. This particular park gets very full on weekends, so arrive early to make sure you can enter the park. If you’re ever in the area and are in the mood for some adventure, make sure to check out Blue Spring State Park!

Blue Spring Campground

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