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Ichetucknee Springs State Park

 Activities at Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing is available year-round and is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the river.  Inflatable canoes, kayaks and rafts are not permitted to launch from the North End the day after Labor Day (September) through the Friday before Memorial Day (May) unless they are Coast Guard Certified as a vessel.

During the summer-season, there is an in-park shuttle service available.  During the off-season, you must arrange your own transportation service either with a local canoe outfitter or private vehicle.

 

Canoeing/kayaking is recommended during the weekdays during the summer season due to the high volume of tubing traffic.  Canoes/Kayaks must yield right-of-way to tubers.  Canoes/Kayaks as defined above are permitted to take food and drink on the river in non-disposable containers only. MUST BE ON THE RIVER BY 3:00 PM NO LATER.

Canoeing/Kayaking Fee: $5.00 per person year round.

Concession & Restaurant

Concession & Restaurant

A full service concession stand is located at the SOUTH Entrance. It is open every day during the summer season, and may be operational during the off-season, depending on park visitation. The concessionaire carries a wide assortment of food, refreshments, and personal items.

The concessionaire does NOT rent tubes, canoes, masks, or snorkels, but there are several vendors outside the park who provide these and other services.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

There are three unique hiking trails located at the North Entrance of the park. Trail maps are available at the Ranger Station or information booth.

Blue Hole Trail: A half-mile walk through the Ichetucknee forest and cypress flood plain leads to Blue Hole Spring, the largest spring in the park.

Trestle Point Trail: This shaded path winds along the crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee River. The self-guided trail will take you back in time to the early 1900s, when phosphate ore was mined in the area. Walk time is approximately 30 minutes.

Pine Ridge Trail: A frequently overlooked area of the park is the majestic sandhill, with its towering longleaf pine and wide open vistas. View the natural diversity of this unique and vanishing ecosystem. The self-guided 2 mile loop trail will take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and cannot be left unattended for more than a half-hour.

Dogs are only permitted on the Trestle Point and Pine Ridge Trails located at the North End.

Dogs are not permitted on the trails to the springs or river or in the springs or river.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnicking is available at the NORTH and SOUTH Entrances. Areas are equipped with picnic tables and grills. Facilities are first-come, first-served. Covered picnic pavilions can be reserved. To reserve a pavilion, call (386) 497-4690.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

SCUBA diving is allowed at Blue Hole Spring from October through March.

Divers must be cave certified.

SCUBA diving is not permitted in the river or other springs.

There is a half-mile trail to Blue Hole Spring; many divers bring a cart or wheelbarrow to transport gear.

Dives cannot extend past 5:00 p.m.

 

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is available in designated areas

Swimming

Swimming

Swim at your own risk/ Life guard not on duty.

Swimming/snorkeling is available every day of the year from 8 am until sundown at the North Entrance. Here, you may swim at either Ichetucknee Spring (head spring) or Blue Hole Spring.

Ichetucknee Spring provides for excellent swimming; however, Blue Hole Spring should be used by experienced swimmers only, due to the depth and strong current.

Participation Requirements

Tubing

Tubing

TUBING FEE:  $5.00 per person.  Children 5 years old and younger tube free!

 

NOTE:  Help us protect the Ichetucknee River.  No food or drinks, pets, fishing, tobacco, alcohol or disposable items on the river.  (All items will be inspected for compliance.)

Tubes can be rented from vendors outside of the park or visitors can bring their own. Tubes must be smaller than 5 feet in diameter to float freely down the natural river.

Summer Season
Begins the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.



Off-Season
Begins the day after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day; tubing is ONLY available through the South Entrance off US 27. The shallow and sensitive north section of the river is given the opportunity to regrow and recover from the heavy traffic of the summer. To tube from Mid-point or Dampier's Landing, park in the South parking area. There is no tram service in the off-season.

Mid-point Launch: Follow the Mid-point trail or tram road to the Mid-point dock (about a 15 minute walk). You can then float 1/2 hour to Dampier's landing and walk 5 minutes back to your vehicle, or continue floating for an additional hour to the last tube take-out. Return to the main parking area via the tram road (about a 15 minute walk).

Dampier's Landing: Follow the trail behind the concession building straight to the river (about a 5 minute walk). You will float for 45 minutes to the last take-out. Return to the main parking area via the tram road (about a 15 minute walk).

Please use the honor system when the ranger station is closed.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Visit our Education and Exhibit Center and be treated to a one of a kind experience. In this encounter, dedicated to the interpretation of urban growth, water usages, and their effects on our springs and river, you will follow the actions of cave divers as they explore and investigate activities taking place deep within our recharge basin. Through interactive and interpretive displays, you can "go with the flow" as you trace this precious resource from source to boiling spring. Complete the journey, sharing in the mystery, as you enjoy a movie in our state of the art theater.

Weddings

Weddings

The crystal clear Ichetucknee River and head spring is a spectacular location for weddings. People have gathered here throughout history! Picnic areas equipped with tables and grills are available throughout the park. Pavilions that accommodate up to 50 people are located at south end of the park. Please call the Administration Office, Monday - Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for pricing and availability for your special day at (386) 497-4690.

For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Ichetucknee Springs State Park (PDF - 2.99KB)

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park

Participation Requirements