Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

7450 NE 60th St, High Springs, Florida 32643 USA

58 Reviews
Open Now
Wed 9a-5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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“Florida's Newest State Park”

Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River. The other named springs on-site are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring, which provide scenic vistas and photographic opportunities. The most significant ecological habitats include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for its support of a diversity of wildlife species including turtles, fish and invertebrates. Redbreast and spotted sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in can be observed in waters with unparalleled visibility. Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the park. Pavilions are available, and a concession stand provides food and beverage service, and paddling equipment rentals. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, nature study and picnicking.

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Melanie O.

Such a lovely state park in north central Florida! There's tons to do! There is hiking, camping, water adventures and embracing nature. The bathrooms are clean and the staff was friendly! You can... Read more

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Liam B.

The best $6 you could possibly spend! Came on a Wednesday and relatively early and we had the whole spring literally to ourselves. Plus the park had some nice hiking trails with some incredible... Read more

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Matt P.

I visited Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park with my sister on a weekday morning. We didn't have to worry about parking or crowds, as it was not busy. The water was as crystal clear blue as the... Read more

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

7450 NE 60th St
High Springs, Florida
32643 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Good for paddling and swimming.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
State park or forest
  • Paved Sites
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Rec Facilities
  • Pull Through
  • Tent Sites
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Water Hookup
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