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Blue Spring State Park

 About Blue Spring State Park

The Thursby House, a large white, two-story home. Photo by Mark Farnsworth


Jerry Garrett

I would like to invite you out for a visit here at Blue Spring State Park. As we approach a new season, we look forward to providing you the best exeperience possible.


With the onset of cooler weather and lower water temperatures in the St Johns River; manatee sightings in and around Blue Spring are on the upswing. As we get further into the winter season, park visitors will be able to see manatees frequenting the Blue Spring run on almost a daily basis to stay warm. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees; creating a safe haven for the West Indian Manatee. The best time to view manatees is early in the morning on a cold day.

Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge.  To provide a safe warm water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run is closed to all water related activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March. The presence of Manatee will determine the spring run opening.

A mere 35 miles from hustle and bustle of Orlando and the Attractions, Blue Springs 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, snorkel or dive the depths of Blue Spring, a kayak or canoe paddle, 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 Sandpine scrub campground within easy walking distance of the river and spring run. Six vacation cabins, located in a shady oak hammock are also available for overnight visitors.

Visitors may also wish to visit our sister park, Hontoon Island across the St. Johns River. It is rarely as crowded as Blue Springs and is a great place to enjoy a quiet afternoon, fishing, hiking or simply enjoying nature. Please explore the Hontoon Island page at this website for details.- Jerry, Park Manager


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  • 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.


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  • Blue Spring State Park
    2100 West French Avenue
    Orange City, FL 32763