When you arrive in the parking area at Troy Spring State Park, the most notable feature are the special benches for scuba divers so they can keep wetsuits and tanks off the sandy ground. The reason? Troy Spring has been a swimming hole for a long, long, time, and the water offshore is deceptively deep.
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
Snorkeling and open water diving, in teams, is permitted. Please check the park website for alerts regarding water conditions: for safety’s sake, the spring is closed to all recreation when the water is clouded.
Impossible to discern from the bluffs above the spring, the remains of the Madison sit in the river in water where snorkelers can have a look. The steamboat was scuttled after its owner conferred with Governor Milton and decided better to sink it than risk it falling into enemy hands when he left to fight for the Confederacy. Out of the Suwannee River’s rapid flow, it remains a significant historical artifact.
Explore the park
- Troy Spring Nature Trail - At Troy Spring State Park, the nature trail is only a half-mile long, but a good introduction to habitats found along the bluffs of the Suwannee River.