Park Capacity Information
Madison Blue Springs State Park experiences frequent closures between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays due to high visitation. The park closes when it reaches capacity but may reopen to additional visitors at a later time that day. For their safety, visitors are not permitted to park and wait in their cars on the side on the road or in the park entrance area for the park to reopen. Local law enforcement will issue citations if violations of this are witnessed.
Madison Blue Spring was once used by local inhabitants as a fresh water source. The waters flow from a large cavern 25 feet deep contributes to 23.7% of flow into the opposite direction of the Withlacoochee River, resulting in a large arc of clear water and swept river bottom.
The park is an internationally known cave diving destination and the cave systems provide recreational opportunities and spectacular underwater scenery. Over 26,000 feet of underground passages have been explored to date (Gulden and Coke 2014) and provides a habitat for three imperiled species of cave-dwelling invertebrates.
Located approximately 12 miles upstream from the confluence of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee River, the park protects nationally significant examples of karst topography, including limestone outcroppings and an array of unique sinkhole types.