Experiences & Amenities
Please call Blue Spring State Park before you visit to get the latest manatee count at the park: 386-775-3663
Blue Spring State Park frequently reaches capacity during the week and on the weekends, during both the winter and summer months. To avoid waiting, visit the park early.
The endemic Florida scrub-jay calls Blue Spring State Park home. With many families dwelling in the rare scrub ecosystem, it is likely you will catch a glimpse or hear their calls. Please keep in mind that Feeding Florida scrub-jays is against the law and can cause great harm to the birds.
St. Johns River Cruises and Tours operates boat tours daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is a two-hour narrated nature and ecological cruise on the beautiful and historic St. Johns River. See the Real Florida...naturally. For fees and reservations, please call (407) 330-1612 or (386) 917-0724. Visit the vendor at St. Johns River Cruises. St. Johns River Cruises has become the latest Florida ecotour provider to successfully complete the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism's rigorous certification program and was awarded the prestigious Platinum Level Certification for meeting over 90% of the bonus criteria on the Society's checklist. Wheelchair access is provided with a wheelchair lift into the vessel. Please reference any accessibility needs when making a reservation.
This campground has 51 campsites (recreational vehicles up to 40 feet long) located in the sand pine scrub and are within walking distance to the spring. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, water, electricity and a grill. A dump station is available in the park. Pets are welcome in the camping area in accordance with our Pet Policy. Accessible sites are offered on Reserve America and two new bathhouses are complete with accessible showers and bathroom stalls.
Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America. Book online or call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (888) 433-0287.
You are invited to canoe beautiful Blue Spring Run and the St Johns River. Canoes and kayaks may be rented at St. Johns River Cruises along the St. Johns River. For more information, current conditions, availability, costs and reservations, call (386) 917-0724. You can visit us at St. Johns River Cruises.
Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge. Temperatures in the spring run remain a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian manatee. To provide a safe warm-water refuge for manatees during the winter season, the spring and spring run are closed to all water-related activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from approximately mid-November through March.
Visitors can fish from the accessible fishing dock on the St. Johns River. Fishing is not permitted in the Blue Spring Run.
- 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 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
The same pristine beauty enjoyed by Florida's earliest residents can still be seen today. An accessible boardwalk leads visitors on a self-guided tour through a lush hammock to Blue Spring.
Pine Island Trail is 3.6 miles in length (one way) and takes you through numerous plant communities from the desert-like scrub to the Blackwater stream known as the St. Johns River. Please check postings at the trail head for more information on trail conditions.
Blue Spring State Park offers two separate picnic areas. There are accessible covered pavilions with accessible grills located at these areas for larger groups. One of these areas also has a large covered barbecue grill. All pavilions are first come, first served. There are many grills and picnic tables throughout the park.
Blue Spring State Park is pleased to allow responsible, certified divers access. To ensure the safety of all divers and other visitors, the following criteria MUST be met:
- All divers must show proof of certification before diving and leave certifications visible on the dashboard of the car.
- All divers must have a dive buddy and remain together for the duration of EACH and EVERY dive.
- Cavern and cave diving is available only to certified cave divers.
- Open water divers are permitted to 50 feet.
- Open water divers are not permitted to carry lights.
- Instructors conducting a class must have a Commercial Dive Permit.
- Divers dive at their own risk.
- No solo diving is permitted.
- Dives cannot extend past 5 p.m.
- No scooters (DPVs) or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
- No fishing.
Blue Spring offers snorkeling in a crystal clear spring run. Swimming with the manatees is NOT permitted.
Blue Spring offers swimming in a crystal clear spring run. Swimming or diving with the manatees is NOT permitted.
Tube rentals are available through the park's concessionaire. You can enter the water at the upper entry, swim to the spring boil, and float back down to the main swim dock. The float run lasts about an eighth of a mile.
Six two-bedroom cabins are located in a shady oak hammock near Blue Spring, a designated manatee refuge. Cabins accommodate up to six people. One bedroom is furnished with a double bed. The second bedroom is furnished with two single beds. A sleeper sofa in the living room converts to a double bed. Each cabin is equipped with a gas fireplace (for use November through March), central heating and cooling, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen with stove and refrigerator, screened porch, outdoor grill and picnic table. Linens, pillows, blankets and towels, cooking and eating utensils are provided. Linens are not changed daily. Two vehicles per cabin are permitted.
For the guests' relaxation, televisions and phones are not provided.
- Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book online or call (800) 326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287. Pets are not permitted in cabins. Service animals are welcome.
- There is a minimum two nights stay in cabins on weekends and holidays, either Friday and Saturday night, or Saturday and Sunday nights. A single Friday or Saturday night may be reserved only if the following Saturday or Sunday night is already reserved. Cabin 2 is accessible and is available by reservation through ReserveAmerica.
Blue Spring State Park has accessible day-use restrooms and campground restrooms.
The Thursby House was built by Louis Thursby in 1872 and became a hub of activity on the St. Johns River, hosting steamboat passengers as they made their way up and down the river.
Interpretive exhibits are available in the Thursby House and on kiosks along the accessible Spring Run boardwalk. Interpretive programs on manatees are offered daily during the manatee season (November 15th-March 1st). Special programs are offered to schools and organized groups upon request.
Three accessible picnic pavilions are offered that have stand-up grills. There is also a large accessible barbecue grill by the pavilions near the river.
Concession and Restaurant
The Manatee Gift Shop, Food Service, Camp Store and Water Activities Rental Station are located near the public swimming area. For more information, costs and seasonal hours, contact Blue Spring Enterprises, Inc., (386) 775-6888.