Blue Spring State Park
About Blue Spring State Park
A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER
Blue Spring State Park is ushering in a new season at the park. The manatees are leaving the sanctuary of the warm spring water to forage up and down the St Johns River until next winter.
Swimming, snorkeling, diving and tubing is once again open to our human visitors. Swimming, snorkeling and diving will be available in the head spring starting March 15th and full use of the spring run for water activities will be available by the end of the month. During this period of transition from Manatee sanctuary to swimming hole, visitors may be asked to leave the water if Manatees are present in the public swimming areas. A late season cold snap can still drive manatees back into the spring run for shelter from the cold weather.
The return to warm weather changes the character of Blue Spring State Park as numerous visitors come to enjoy the crystal clear waters of Blue Spring. Please remember if you plan a trip to Blue Spring to arrive early as the park often reaches capacity on weekends, holidays and during the warm weather swimming season and will close temporarily until overcrowded conditions ease.
A mere 35 miles from hustle and bustle of Orlando and the Attractions, Blue Spring draws a year-round mix of families, nature lovers, picnickers, water enthusiasts, sun-worshipers and romantics. A single day can include a scenic river boat trip, a guided or solo canoe or kayak trip, snorkel or dive the depths of Blue Spring, a picnic under the spreading Live Oaks, and a classic sunset over the historic St. Johns River.
Tent and RV campers can hide away in the Sand Pine Scrub campground within easy walking distance of the river and spring run. Six recently renovated vacation cabins, located in a shady oak hammock are also available for overnight visitors.
Spring and summer activities include St. Johns River Nature Cruises and guided canoe or kayak trips by a Florida Park Service Visitor Services Provider located along the banks of the river, and canoe rentals at the park snack bar. For bird watchers, the spring migration is bringing numerous migratory birds through the park. Pack binoculars and plenty of curiosity.
- Blue Spring is located west of Orange City. Take U.S. 17/92 to Orange City, go west two miles on French Avenue to the entrance.
- For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
- Blue Spring CSO
Blue Spring State Park
2100 West French Avenue
Orange City, FL 32763
Blue Spring Enterprise, Inc. -
Food service, merchandise sales, rental of recreational equipment and catering service.
Contact Wayne Johns, (386) 775-6888
Discover Florida Excursions, Inc. -
Tour boat service.
Contact Ron Woxberg, (386) 917-0724