Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

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Visitors can take a dip in the first magnitude spring, walk across the natural limestone bridge that crosses the spring run flowing into the iconic Suwannee River or picnic under the shade of the oak trees with their swaying Spanish moss. Fish or canoe on the Suwannee River or stay in one of the park's rental vacation cabins, which stand on stilts high above the river bank. Bicycling, hiking and wildlife viewing are favorite pastimes for visitors. The picnic area has tables, grills and two pavilions, which are popular for family reunions and parties.

A tent only campground is available for park visitors, and as a river camp for paddlers along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.  Walk-in campsites are equipped with water and electric.  A primitive youth camping area is also available. Portable restroom facilities are provided in the campground, and a restroom facility with a cold-water open-air shower is available in the spring area. Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis and all sites are pack-in sites with no vehicle access.

Directions to this Park

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is featured on the Firsthand Florida Fun Blog. Experience this park with Erika Z.’s YouTube video and check out past blog posts from other Florida State Parks.

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Physical Address: 

799 NW Blue Spring Road

Physical City: 

Mayo

Physical Zip Code: 

32066

Mailing Address: 

4298 NW County Road 292

Mailing City: 

Mayo

Mailing Zip Code: 

32066

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Phone Number: 

(386) 294-3667

Fax Number: 

(386) 294-2065

Historical Description: 

In the mid to late 1800s, this section of the Suwannee River was an important highway for steamboats carrying supplies and agricultural products to and from local plantations. The establishment of railroads signaled the end of the steamboat era. Lafayette Blue Springs has been a public park for many years. It became a state park in 2005 and consists of approximately 702 acres.  This quiet gem in North Central Florida continues to grow and change with the addition of land and park facilities.

Acquisition Date: 

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

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Getting Involved Opportunities: 

The park offers several opportunities and welcomes volunteers as camp hosts or for daily park maintenance activities.  Contact the park's volunteer coordinator at (386) 294-3667 or complete an online application.

The park is supported by the North Florida Springs Alliance. Visit the webpage to get more information on how to become a member. 

Hours: 

The park is open 365 days a year from 8:00 am to sundown.

Fees: 

Admission Fee:

$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Walk-in Camping:

$10.00 per site, per night (water and electric provided).

Cabin Rental:

$100.00 per night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee.

Pet Friendly: 

Yes

Wheelchair Accessible Facilities: 

No