Springs in Florida

Where to find freshwater springs in Florida, beauty spots for swimming, snorkeling, and (sometimes) SCUBA diving.

Blue Spring State Park

Manatees in Blue Spring Run

Blue Spring State Park is well acclaimed for being the best place in Florida to see manatees in the wild, and we don’t mean a dozen or two. Upwards of 200 crowd spring run each winter.

De Leon Springs State Park

DeLeon Springs State Park

Grab a spatula and start flipping pancakes! Once a Florida roadside attraction, De Leon Springs State Park still draws big crowds for its unique make-your-own-pancake restaurant with griddle top tables, set inside a historic sugar mill.

Econfina Nature Trail

Econfina Nature Trail

Sluicing its way through high bluffs and low flatlands, Econfina Creek is one of Florida’s most beautiful and unsung waterways. The Florida Trail follows it for nearly 20 miles through Washington and Bay Counties. Starting at Pitt Spring, a popular launch point, this day hike will give you a good taste of the geologic wonders […]

Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs

In 1938, amateur botanist and world traveler Albert Greenburg established a botanical garden with tropical plants around springs that fed a lush floodplain forest along Six Mile Creek. Years later, he started the first tropical fish farm in Florida in the springs, and in 1967 donated the 31-acre site to the county. Construction of the […]

Fanning Springs State Park

Fanning Springs

One of the Suwannee River’s largest swimming holes is the clear, cool reflecting pool of Fanning Springs, located along the edge of its namesake town.

Gemini Springs Park

Gemini Springs Park

More than 150 years ago, this forest along the marshes of the St. Johns River was cleared for farming, becoming the Padgett homestead on outskirts of busy Enterprise. It later operated as a cattle ranch for the Gray family, who built the dam and reservoir, the spring house and arched bridges. In 1994, the land […]

Green Springs Park

Green Springs

Hidden deep in a leafy glade, a shimmering pool rises from the earth to pour through palm hammocks towards the St. Johns River. At Green Spring Park, the trails are short but well-groomed, with options for all abilities – a paved biking trail loops through the park along with a network of natural footpaths. Families […]

Hart Springs

Hart Springs

A beauty spot along the Suwannee River north of Fanning Springs, Hart Springs offers swimming, hiking, camping, and cave diving in a rural setting near Trenton.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Clear waters of Ichetucknee Springs Run

A swimming hole as a work of natural art, the deep gash in the earth that is Ichetucknee Spring glows an unearthly robin’s-egg blue, cradled in a limestone bowl within a leafy glen.

Juniper Creek Nature Trail

Juniper Creek Nature Trail

Surrounded by the dryness of the Big Scrub, the world’s largest scrub forest, Juniper Springs is a playground of hydrological wonders, the center of a jungle-like oasis of riotous growth. Here, you’ll find every sort of Florida spring imaginable: a massive outpouring from a cavern at the headspring, tiny bubblers along the bottom of the […]