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Blue Spring State Park
BLUE SPRING STATE PARK
BLUE SPRING STATE PARK
2100 West French Avenue
Orange City, Florida   32763

Phone: 386-775-3663
Reservations: 386-775-3663
The largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (mid-November through March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. For centuries, the spring area was home for Native Americans. In 1766 it was visited by Colonial American botanist John Bartram, but it wasn?t until 1856 that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house, built in 1872, remains standing. The spring?s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner. Swimming or diving with the manatees is not permitted; this rule is strictly enforced. The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724. The park has plenty of picnic areas and a hiking trail. For overnight stays, air-conditioned cabins, a full-facility campground, and primitive campsites are available.

Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.
Nature of the Area
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 is closed to all water related activities including swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 1. Learn more about the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) which monitors & tracks the manatees.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Cabins
Blue Spring State Park offers six (6), two (2) bedroom cabins. Each cabin is equipped with a gas fireplace (available for use November through March), central heating and air conditioning, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen (stove and refrigerator), screened in porch, outdoor grill and picnic table. Linen, pillows, blankets and towels, cooking and eating utensils are also provided. You will need to bring personal use items such as soap, salt, pepper, radio, paper towels, etc. (Linen is NOT furnished on a daily basis). In each cabin, one bedroom is furnished with a double bed, the second bedroom is furnished with two single beds. A sleeper sofa is available in the Living room for additional guests. A maximum of six (6) guests are permitted in a cabin. Sorry, no pets are allowed in the cabins. One vehicle per cabin is permitted.
Camping
Blue Spring State Park has 51 campsites, which are located in the sand pine scrub. Available to each site is a table, water, electricity, and a grill. There is no sewage facilities at these sites, but there is a dump station in the Park. Pets are permitted in camping area, with proof of rabies vaccination.

Blue Spring State Park also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. From manatees to insects, the Lending Library is a fun way to enhance your child's experience in the Real Florida. For a quiet afternoon or bedtime, share a story with your child to help explain the sights and sounds of Blue Spring. Ask the Ranger Station about how to check out a book.
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Swimming
Blue Spring offers swimming and scuba-diving in a crystal clear, 72 degree spring run. Scuba-divers must register at the entrance station between the hours of 8 AM. and 3PM, with an up-to-date certification card and a partner. Swimming or diving with the manatees is NOT permitted..

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 is closed to all water related activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 1.
Canoeing
You are invited to canoe beautiful Blue Spring Run and the St Johns River. Canoes may be rented at the Park Concession. For more information, costs, and reservations call (386) 775-6888.

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 is closed to all water related activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating from November 15 through March 1.
Boating
St. Johns River Cruises and Tours. Daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 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, 386.917.0724.


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Picnicking
Blue Spring State Park offers two separate picnic areas throughout the park. There are covered pavilions with grills located at these areas for larger groups. One of these areas also has a large covered barbecue pit, and can be reserved, for a fee, from October through March. Contact the park office for details.
Trails
The same pristine beauty enjoyed by Florida's earliest residents still can be seen today. A self-guided boardwalk guides visitors through a lush hammock to Blue Spring.
Things To Do in the Area
Riverscape Boat Tours LLC - Ocala, FLBoating
Ride silently on nature tours on the silver river. The most beautiful river in the world. We transport guests back in time to wild Florida as it was thousands of years ago - untouched and untamed. Sparkling clear water that has over a hundred feet visibility. Book the Silver River trip now as the boats fill fast.
Web Site: riverscapesboattours.com
51 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 1 great park by Ken & Judy
200+ Manatees the other day coming in to spring, wonderful and helpful rangers, beautiful boardwalk hike the entire run from the spring to the St Johns river just teeming with water critters, cruises, tubing for the grand kids, and a nice swimming area. What more could you want.


Area Campgrounds

Clark Family Campground
1440 E Minnesota Avenue
Orange City, FL
866-953-3358


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Wynnhaven Riverside RV Park - Bushnell, FLCampgrounds
Wynnhaven Riverside is located on County Road 48 in the small town of Bushnell, Florida. Whether you are visiting Florida and want sun or prefer to camp in the shade of Florida's grand oak trees, we have units available for both.
Web Site: wynnhavenriverside.com
48.7 miles from park*
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Directions
Take exit 114 off Interstate 4 and follow the signs. Go south on 17/92 to Orange City, about 2.5 miles. Make a right onto West French Avenue.

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