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Visitors enjoy a swim in the azure waters of the spring. A perfect dive off the platform at Madison Blue Spring. Stairs leading into the deep blue spring. Canoeing the Withlacoochee River is a favorite activity at Madison Blue Spring State Park.
Madison Blue Springs State Park
The crowds are gone and the spring lies calm and restful at sundown.

History and Culture

Madison Blue Spring was once used by local inhabitants as a fresh water source. The water flow from a large cavern 25 feet deep contributes to 23.7 percent of flow into the opposite direction of the Withlacoochee River, resulting in a large arc of clear water and swept river bottom.

The Woodard home and barn were once located in Madison Blue Spring State Park.

Woodard House

This home and barn, belonging to Austin Woodard in the 1920s, were located on what is now park property.

Young men enjoy camping at Madison Blue Spring in 1932.

Camping, 1932

Young men prepare to spend a night near Madison Blue Spring in 1932.

Pitching a tent for the night was once a popular activity at the spring.


Young men set up camp at Madison Blue Spring in the 1950s. Although camping is no longer offered, guests can still enjoy the natural beauty of the spring or take a canoe trip along the Withlacoochee River.

The spring makes a lovely backdrop for this 1952 photo.

Girls at Spring

Ladies enjoy a day out at Madison Blue Spring in 1952. The spring was, and still is, a very popular spot.

The sandbar at the spring is in the foreground of this 1952 photo.

Sandbar, 1952

Visitors enjoy the Withlacoochee River at the sandbar near the spring. The sandbar looks a bit different today: there are not as many trees and the sand hills are not as high, but the wonderful water fun in the spring is the same.