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Scuba diver at Peacock Springs State Park. Photo by Jill Heinerth. Steps lead down the bank into Peacock Springs. Orange Grove Sink is green with algae on its surface. Peacock Springs' welcome sign informs visitors of the many recreational activities available.
Peacock Springs State Park
A cool, refreshing spring awaits at the end of the boardwalk.

History and Culture

Approximately 1,000 years ago, the land that is now Peacock Springs State Park was pushed up from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico to rest on a limestone platform. Its geologic growth hasn't stopped. Recent research has documented a 30 percent increase in the size of this platform since 1957. Peacock Springs became a state park in 1986.

Hardwood forests abound in the area surrounding the springs.

Hardwoods

In 1875, Dr. John Calvin Peacock purchased the land on which the springs are located. He was a man of many talents and trades including raising cattle, practicing medicine and holding church services in his home. By the late 19th century, the springs also provided an important source of water and recreation to the town of Luraville. Originally purchased by the Nature Conservancy to protect the stand of Florida maple found in its hardwood forest, Peacock Springs State Park was later acquired by the state of Florida and was opened to the public in 1993.

This plaque honors the memory of local cave diver, Sheck Exley.

Memorial Plaque

Peacock Springs is home to one of the longest underwater cave systems in the United States. Cave divers have explored and documented more than 28,000 feet of these caves. Sheck Exley, a local math teacher and world-famous cave diver, was instrumental in this work. He died in a deep dive in Mexico in 1994.

Orange Grove pavilion provides a shady spot for picnics.

Pavilion

This area is great for swimming, picnics or just relaxing and enjoying the nearby sights and sounds. Even the occasional wedding takes place here.

Rock walls surround the Orange Grove Sink.

Rock Walls

Orange Grove Sink, one of the two popular swimming locations at Peacock Springs, is surrounded by rock walls. Although swimming and diving are only allowed in Peacock Spring and Orange Grove Sink, the park is also home to six other sink holes and a spring run.

Two scuba divers prepare to dive at Peacock Springs State Park.

Scuba divers

Two scuba divers in wet suits prepare for a cave dive at Peacock Springs State Park in Luraville. (Photo by Bill Bettilyon)