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Ponce de Leon Springs - Birding

Ponce de Leon Springs is a great place to view wildlife in migration, this park's real strength is wintering birds, especially those at the southernmost limit of their range. Birds like Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet are possible at this site; your chances improve with your ability to identify birds by sound. Hike both short trails – Spring Run and Sandy Creek – stopping to listen carefully in the shady hardwood forest. This park can be busy with swimmers in warm weather, so weekday and early morning birding may prove the most rewarding.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Fishing

Fishing is permitted in areas not designated for swimming. Otherwise throw your pole in and watch your cork to see if your efforts are to be rewarded with catches of catfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel and panfish. If watching closely you can actually see the fish come to the bait. 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Hiking Nature Trail

Take a stroll down the two trails of the park, Sandy Creek and Spring Run. Each trail will take you through a lush hardwood forest, which provides optimum vantage points for observing wildlife along the 350-foot spring run and Sandy Creek. As well as, a relaxing stroll among a variety of native plant and animal habitat, where you can listen to the relaxing sounds of the flowing stream or conversation of the birds. Rangers also conduct seasonal guided walks, but self-guided tours are also available.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Pets

Pets are allowed in designated areas of the park, but please review and adhere to the Florida State Parks pet policy.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Picnicking

After you have worked up an appetite splashing around in the cool spring water and walking the nature trails, it is time for lunch. Approximately 20 acres have been enhanced with amenities for visitors. Four picnic shelters with grills are available for reservation, and numerous picnic tables are available on the grounds for anyone who wishes to stop in for a short picnic lunch, or spend the day swimming and relaxing in the park. Your grill is also welcome for that special cookout. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Restroom Facilities

The park has a large bathroom facility complete with changing rooms for your convenience.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a fun and relaxing way to view the colorful and fascinating world just beneath the surface. Just floating and being immersed within the underwater scenery is enough to escape the hurdles we encounter in every day life.

Snorkeling is available in designated areas.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Swimming

On those sweltering days of summer, regain your youth by taking a dip in the cool crystal clear waters of Ponce De Leon Springs where the water temperature remains a constant 68 degrees year round. The main spring is a convergence of two underground water flows, and produces 14 million gallons of water daily. You may not get any younger but the water is sure to invigorate. The park has a large bathroom facility complete with changing rooms for your convenience.

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Ponce de Leon Springs - Wildlife Viewing

Ponce de Leon Springs is a great place to view wildlife in migration, this park's real strength is wintering birds, especially those at the southernmost limit of their range. Birds like Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet are possible at this site; your chances improve with your ability to identify birds by sound. Hike both short trails – Spring Run and Sandy Creek – stopping to listen carefully in the shady hardwood forest. This park can be busy with swimmers in warm weather, so weekday and early morning birding may prove the most rewarding. This park is part of the Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.