PRISTINE WATERS AND FAMILY FUN AWAITS!
Already dreaming about the weekend? Plan your trip to discover Florida’s most natural treasures at Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park!
Address: 7450 NE 60th St, High Springs FL 32643 • 386-454-1369
Hours: 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days
Fees: $4-6 per vehicle
Due to the recent heavy rains, you may experience rough road conditions while on park drive. Corrective actions are currently underway to repair the road.
RV Park Near By: https://bit.ly/2PnkfZN
Gilchrist Blue Springs is the newest addition to Florida State Parks!
The 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 mainspring 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 in 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.
- Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is located in Gilchrist County about 5 miles to the west of High Springs, FL off NW 182nd Ave. (CR340) in the north-central part of the state along the Santa Fe River.
- The park is located 25 miles south of Lake City and about 20 miles to the northwest of Gainesville.