Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Due to the recent heavy rains, you may experience rough road conditions while on park drive. Corrective actions are currently under way to repair the road.
Pardon Our Dust
As the newest Florida state park, we are planning for amenity improvements such as the entrance road, campground and bath house. RV campers please be advised there is no dump station at this time. Thank you for your patience as we go through this transition period.
Jumping Platform Removed
Due to significant structural deterioration and safety concerns, the jumping platform has been removed from the swimming area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days
$4-6 per vehicle
Welcome to Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Gilchrist Blue Springs is the newest addition to Florida State Parks!
The park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River. The other named springs on-site are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring, which provide scenic vistas and photographic opportunities.
The most significant ecological habitats include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for its support of a diversity of wildlife species including turtles, fish and invertebrates. Redbreast and spotted sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in can be observed in waters with unparalleled visibility.
Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the park. Pavilions are available, and a concession stand provides food and beverage service, and paddling equipment rentals. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, nature study and picnicking.
- Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is located in Gilchrist County about 5 miles to the west of High Springs, FL off NW 182nd Ave. (CR340) in the north central part of the state along the Santa Fe River.
- The park is located 25 miles south of Lake City and about 20 miles to the northwest of Gainesville.
Plan Your Visit
Nature Trail Offers More to Explore
Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Photo Gallery
Paddling on the spring run is an amazing experience
Window into our Drinking Water
People Make the Parks
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