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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.

Fall back into the Fall Season
Fall at Blue Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The summer crowds have dropped off and a visitor can come out to the park and enjoy the peace and quiet of a Florida State Park in the off season. Birding, always rewarding at Blue Spring is enhanced as migratory species begin making an appearance. Soon, manatee will begin visiting the spring run from time to time as the days grow shorter and cold fronts begin to march across North Florida. By late October to mid November, manatee season will begin in earnest as river temperatures drop below seventy degrees and Blue Spring becomes a warm water refuge for the manatee.

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