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 Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs, a second-magnitude spring that gets its name from its turquoise color. Redbreast and spotted sunfish are very common in the spring run, and you might 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.

Sixteen electric and water campsites and seven tent campsites are available by reservation.

Whether you've come to explore, hike, camp or relax, Ruth B. Kirby 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