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Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
7450 NE 60th St
386-454-1369

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 its support of a diversity of wildlife species including turtles, fish and invertebrates. Redbreast and spotted sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in can be observed in waters with unparalleled visibility. You might even catch a glimpse of a manatee.

Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the park. Pavilions are available, and a concession stand provides food and beverage service, and paddling equipment rentals. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, nature study and picnicking.

Experiences

Camping
The park features 25 campsites; 17 sites for RV/tent camping (30 amp available) and 8 tent only camping.

Paddling
Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the main springhead and spring run.

Hiking
The most significant ecological habitats within the park include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for its support of a diversity of wildlife species including turtles, fish and invertebrates. Nature study and hiking are very popular at this park.

Snorkeling
Snorkeling is available in designated areas.

Swimming
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park offers swimming at many of the springs located at the park.

Wildlife Viewing
The most significant ecological habitats within the park include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for its support of a diversity of wildlife species including turtles, fish and invertebrates.  Come out and view the variety of aquatic life that call these springs home.

Amenities

Picnic Pavilion
Bring a picnic and sit under the covered pavilions for a scenic view of the springs.

Restroom Facilities
When you visit Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, restroom facilities are available to change into your gear and prepare for the beautiful springs swimming areas.


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