The nature trail at Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park may not be long, a little less than a mile, but it has a variety of topography, ecosystems, wildlife and habitats to experience. As you explore the trail you may discover a geocache, a 350-year-old giant cypress tree, a vivid green swampy sinkhole full of turtles and a hidden spring or two.
Listen and you may hear some of the natural resources the park is here to protect, such as the calls of the red-shouldered hawk, barred owl, great blue heron and the hammering of the pileated woodpecker on a tree.
The trail is clearly marked on posts numbered 1 - 10, but feel free to explore the side trails too.
Experience floodplains, sandhills, hammocks, forested canopies, sinkholes and karst topography as you meander this path. Seasonally, the trail changes, so enjoy the color of North Florida's fall foliage and starting in spring see the pop of bright white of the blooming spider lilies.