KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Effective May 26, 2023: The spring platform at Troy Spring State Park is closed. Visitors may use the stairs on the east side of the platform to access the spring.
Effective April 27, 2022: Due to unsafe conditions, the wooden boardwalk and fishing platform are currently closed. Shoreline fishing is unavailable until the platform is reopened. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Troy Spring was purchased by the state of Florida in 1995. Prior to that time, Troy Spring was accessible only by boat or by navigating dirt roads and cow pasture gates. Many people still remember when they could drive their boats all the way into Troy Spring to enjoy fishing, swimming, diving and the company of others.
Today, boaters can still enter the park from the river boat dock; however, a paved entrance road has become the more popular access route.
The historic site of what remains of the steamship Madison lies within the spring run. In the mid-1850s Captain James Tucker had the ship built with a very shallow draft especially intended for the frequently changing water levels of the Suwannee River. For many years, the ship served as a floating mail service and trading post.
In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, it was used by the Confederate forces as a privateer and makeshift gunboat.
In 1863, upon the order of its owner, it was scuttled in the spring to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands. Today, some of the metal spikes and the remnant keel rib timbers that were part of its hull can be seen below the spring surface.