Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon was in search of the “Fountain of Youth” – and gold – when he came to the shores of Florida. He didn’t find either, but this town in Holmes County bears his name because of the shimmering waters of Ponce De Leon Springs. With several beautiful springs surrounding this tiny community off Interstate 10, it’s a gem that most travelers miss unless they ramble the back roads.
Nearby: DeFuniak Springs, Ebro, Panama City Beach
Trails and Parks in Ponce De Leon
- Florida Trail, Central Panhandle - 99.3 miles. Crossing the Apalachicola River, the Florida Trail enters the Central Time Zone. Public lands are scarce through this section so there is a lot of connecting roadwalk and some multi-use trails like the Blountstown Greenway, but the trail does show off the beauty of places like Econfina Creek, Pine Log State Forest, and Nokuse Plantation.
- Morrison Springs Park - Surrounded by a rim of old growth cypress, Morrison Springs is a beautiful swimming hole when open. It can also be enjoyed with a walk around the park or a paddle up the spring run.
- Ponce De Leon Springs Nature Trails - Two short nature trails, the Sandy Creek Trail and the Spring Creek Trail, follow the confluence of waters at Ponce De Leon Springs State Park.
- Ponce de Leon Springs State Park - In the quiet town of Ponce de Leon, the spring’s the thing. Chalky blue 68-degree water tempts swimmers in for a chilly dip in this first-magnitude spring, which gushes forth 14 million gallons of clean, clear water daily.