Blue Spring State Park
Know Before You Go
Effective Nov. 15, 2021 to April 2022: Blue Spring State Park is open; however, the spring and spring run are closed to all water activities due to manatee season. This includes swimming, snorkeling, diving, tubing, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Boat tours and canoe/kayak rentals are still available for use only on the St. Johns River. Parking is limited. Plan to arrive early as the park reaches capacity early in the day.
Blue Spring State Park frequently reaches capacity during the week and on the weekends, during both the winter and summer months. To avoid waiting, please visit the park early.
Welcome to Blue Spring State Park
The refreshing 72-degree waters of Blue Spring greet visitors at this gem along the St. Johns River.
Conservation measures can produce astounding results. In 1970, two years before Blue Spring State Park was established, researchers tracked 14 manatees in the spring run. By 2005, after years of park improvements and manatee protection efforts, wintering manatee numbers exceeded 200, and by 2018 that number skyrocketed to a record 485.
Besides "sea cows," fish abound in the spring run and attract a variety of wading birds, ospreys, eagles and kingfishers. To see the park’s wonders, visitors can hike along the spring run or on the 4.5-mile Pine Island Trail.
Visitors can also launch a canoe or kayak (rentals are available at the park) or take a guided river boat cruise.
Plan Your Visit
Gift Shop, Food Service & Cruises at Blue Spring
Swimming at Blue Spring
Telling the Story of Springs
Blue Spring State Park Photo Gallery
Blue Spring Leaping Deer in the Scrub
Black Bear on the Pine Island Trail
Manatees at Blue Spring State Park
People Make the Parks
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