Blue Spring State Park
Know Before You Go
During periods of high visitation, visitors may experience long lines to enter Blue Spring State Park. The park frequently reaches capacity and may temporarily close. Closures occur intermittently and may last several hours. Visitors with camping or boat tour reservations will be admitted to the park while it is closed, but pedestrians and bicyclists will not be allowed to enter until the park reopens. Thank you.
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 2022 that number skyrocketed to a record 724.
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
Webcam: Watch the Manatees of 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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