Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Closed to Swimming
Effective July 9, 2021: Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is closed to swimming activities due to a spring brownout caused by rising river levels. This notice will be removed when the spring is clear and conditions have improved.
Know Before You Go
Effective May 24, 2021: Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is very popular weekends and holidays. The park will close when it reaches capacity and reopen when space is available.
Pardon Our Dust
As the newest Florida State Park, we are planning for amenity improvements such as the entrance road, campground and bath house. RV campers, please be advised there is currently no dump station. Tent campers staying on sites with power require a 30-amp adapter to utilize household plugs. Be advised that during heavy rains the current park drive can be difficult to navigate. Thank you for your patience.
8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year
$4 to $6 per vehicle
Welcome to Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Gilchrist Blue Springs is the newest addition to Florida State Parks.
The park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second-magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River.
The other named springs on-site are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring, which provide scenic vistas and photographic opportunities.
The most significant ecological habitats include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for a diversity of wildlife species, including turtles, fish and invertebrates. Redbreast and spotted sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish can be observed in waters with unparalleled visibility.
Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the park. Pavilions are available, and a concession stand provides food and beverage service plus paddling equipment rentals. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, nature study and picnicking.
- Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is located in Gilchrist County about five miles to the west of High Springs off Northwest 182nd Avenue (County Road 340) in the north-central part of the state along the Santa Fe River.
- The park is located 25 miles south of Lake City and 20 miles to the northwest of Gainesville.
Plan Your Visit
Nature Trail Offers Much to Explore
Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Photo Gallery
Paddling on the spring run is an amazing experience