Perched atop the watershed of the Santa Fe River, High Springs is a historic rural community in the northwest corner of Alachua County. Along the nearby river are a bevy of parks, public and private, providing access to the river itself and some of the many springs found in this spring-rich region.
Trails and Parks in High Springs
- Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park - Cradling a collection of spectacular springs in a forested glen along the Santa Fe River, Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is Florida's newest state park and one of the finest places to experience a spring up close.
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park - 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.
- O’Leno State Park - Once a pioneer community along the Old Bellamy Road connecting St. Augustine and Tallahassee in 1826, O'Leno State Park protects one of North Florida's weirder geologic wonders, a disappearing river.
- Poe Springs Park - At Poe Springs Park, the Poe Springs Nature Trail carries you across a landscape shaped by water acting on limestone, where surface rock is obvious and studded with fossils.
- River Rise Preserve State Park - A passive preserve, River Rise Preserve State Park adjoins O'Leno State Park, taking up where O'Leno leaves off with the Santa Fe River flowing underground. The river emerges all at once at River Rise, a significant geologic feature that bars paddlers from heading any farther upstream.
- Tubing the Ichetucknee (8/30/2015) - Tubing the Ichetucknee River means letting go and going with the flow, letting the waters carry you past beautiful springs and through ever-changing habitats. Here's how.
- Paddling the Santa Fe River (8/29/2015) - On a mellow paddling trip down the Santa Fe River, John discovers several swimming springs, thousands of turtles, and miles of quiet waterway.