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Turtles sunbathing on a log at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

There is no bad time to visit Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park. Bring the whole family and set up on the sandy beach around Blue Springs, which is a second magnitude spring, and gets it's name from it's baby blue color. Redbreast and spotted sunfish are very common in the spring run and you may also see largemouth bass, bluegill, as well as channel catfish, and various species of turtles.

We are currently in the process of upgrading amenities, such as the campground, and hiking trails. The campground is currently closed, but we hope to have it open very soon. 

Wildlife such as Whitetailed Deer, and Wild Turkeys can be seen throughout the day, as well as other various species of wildlife.

If you like swimming at the springs, and getting out into Florida's natural areas, pay us a visit.

We hope to see you soon and welcome you to Florida's 175th state park!

We will be conducting a public workshop on Tuesday November 28th from 5:30 PM, to 8:00PM at the City of High Springs old school community center in the Santa Fe room. The address of the meeting location is 23760 NW 187th Avenue, High Springs, Fl 32643. This meeting will be to receive public input as we move forward in developing the management plan for Gilchrist Blue Spring State Park.