“one of Florida´s newest state parks”
Located in one of Florida´s newest state parks, this crystal clear, first magnitude spring is a popular spot for swimming. About 82 feet wide and 25 feet deep, the spring bubbles up into a limestone basin along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. Scenic woodlands of mixed hardwoods and pines create a picturesque setting for picnicking, paddling, and wildlife viewing. Madison Blue Spring is approximately ten (10) miles east of Madison on the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. From Madison, drive east on State Road 6 to the Withlacoochee River. Turn south on the west side of the bridge at the park sign. The entrance to the spring is 525 feet south of the highway. If you're looking to get away from the crowded beaches in Florida, the hidden swimming hole at Madison Blue Springs State Park is the spot for you! It's tucked away in a shady forest, along the banks of the Withlacoochee River, making it the perfect place to cool off on a steamy Florida afternoon. It's one of the states' newest state parks, having been established in 2000. The park itself has picnic tables, bathrooms and even a shower that swimmers can use to hose off after a nice dip in the spring. They've even got a dock that you can jump off of-- cannonball! It also makes for amazing scuba diving-- you can. The limestone basin is 82 feet long, 25 feet deep, and totally filled with refreshing, crystal clear spring water. In fact, it's bottled-water-level refreshing; Nestle uses water from nearby springs on adjoining land for its bottled water brands. The water comes from a first-magnitude spring, which means it discharges at least 2800 liters of fresh H2O every second-- and it always stays around 72 degrees all year round!
Perfect way to spend an afternoon! They've got picnic tables, restrooms and showers so you really can make a day of it. Plus, check out that water! It's literally bottled-water fresh-- Nestle uses it for some of their bottled water brands :)
This place is stunning! Yes it chilly but not to cold. It's refreshing. Recommend bringing lawn chairs if you want to sit by the water! Nice trails as well.
Definitely visit here if you live nearby. The water is so clear that you can see the small fish swimming 25 feet down. There is also a snack cart in the park that sells shaved ice, boiled peanuts and other tasty treats. Definitely worth the 5 dollar (2.50 for military) entrance fee!!
Stunningly clear water, although quite chilly. A beautiful place at which to spend time. A must for anyone traveling near here!
WATER IS FRIGID, so intensely gorgeous it's like something out of a fairy tale! It's a fun place to adventure to!
Temporary Closed as of Feb 21 2021 due to flooding. check website for reopening
Visited while traveling down to Orlando and it was great break from the long drive. We didn't stay too long but really enjoyed it. Nice clean restrooms, picnic area and beautiful pool which we got in and floated out to river with the current. Definitely worth a visit! Great value too. You wouldn't ever expect to find such a beautiful spot and it's even deceiving when you pull into parking lot. But it's beautiful when you see it in person! It's far for most people so I wouldn't plan an entire trip around it. Just a nice afternoon though.
We have made this spot an annual pit stop. The water is cold and refreshing and soooo blue. Don’t pass it up!
Beautiful and well worth the $5 entrance fee per car. The spring flows out into the river so it looks like a nice place to stop with kids to get out into the water.
Any RV camp grounds near?
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