Manager's Message

image of george paxton, park manager, standing by a ccc bridge.

George (Gabby) Paxton, Park Manager

It's always a great time of year to visit the 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 turquoise color. Redbreast and spotted sunfish are very common in the spring run and you may also see numerous turtles swimming in the clear water or basking on a log.

Wildlife such as white-tailed deer and wild turkey can be seen throughout the day, as well as various other species.

If you like swimming at the springs, and getting out into Florida's natural areas, pay us a visit. Canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental and concession services are provided by a local outfitter.

A wooden boardwalk overlooks the spring and a portion of the run. Relax in the picnic area with family and friends and rent a pavilion for reunions, birthdays or parties.

Seventeen electric and water campsites and eight tent campsites are available by reservation.

Whether you've come to explore, hike, camp or relax at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is your destination to experience ...the Real Florida.

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

Looking toward spring