Few regions of Florida are as blessed by Nature as the Suwannee River Valley. An unspoiled cluster of virgin woods and water, the valley contains the highest concentration of freshwater springs on the entire planet. Florida has 320 springs, more than half along the Santa Fe & Suwannee Rivers. Pure Water Wilderness is proud to introduce you to its sparkling springs!

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Copper Springs - Old Town
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Also known as Old Town Spring, this small system of 3 springs is on private property and can be accessed only by the Suwannee River. A prominent boil is seen on the pool surface. The water is clear to slightly turbid with a bluish-green tint. There is a sharp hydrogen sulfide odor near the vent, and a copper-colored, iron-rich deposit coats plants and tree bases along the edge of the spring and run. The spring has a soft sand and silt bottom. The spring run exits the southeast side of the pool and flows slowly southeastward about 500 ft. to the dark-colored Suwannee River.
Access: By boat from the Suwannee River only.
Gornto Spring - Old Town
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This 2nd-magnitude spring is a county-owned park with a man-made berm and culvert form an oblong pool that is 30-40 feet wide and 125 feet long before draining into the Suwannee River. Steps lead to the spring from both sides, and there is a platform on the south side that extends to provide a view of the vent. The water is clear and blue over the vent, and 10 feet deep. There is a parking area on the south side of the spring, and a picnic shelter on the north side.
Access: Take CR 349 north from Old Town, turn right on Rock Sink Church Road (CR 353) and follow it to the end.

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Blue Springs - High Springs
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Blue Springs Resort is a privately-owned park that contains several springs. Blue Spring, a first-magnitude spring, has a 125-foot diameter, 23-foot deep swimming area and a spring run that empties into the Santa Fe River. At the river, Rum Island is visible upstream on the Columbia County side. Smaller springs, such as Little Blue, Johnson, Kiefer, and Naked Spring dot the property. RV and tent camping, tube and canoe rentals, a nature trail, and a boardwalk are available.
For more information, contact:
Blue Springs Park
P.O. Box 331, High Springs, FL 32655. Get Map.
or call (386) 454-1369
Ginnie Springs - High Springs
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This 200-acre site is popular with families and serious divers alike. The park is built around a system of eight 1st and 2nd-magnitude springs. An extensive underwater cavern makes this a highly-rated dive destination. Ginnie offers camping (wilderness or sites with electricity), a rental cabin, picnic facilities, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing and tubing on the pristine Santa Fe River, and volleyball courts.
For more information contact:
Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
7300 NE Ginnie Springs Rd.
High Springs, FL 32643.
(800) 874-8571 or (386) 454-7188
Hart Springs - Trenton/Bell
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A family-oriented recreation area, the park boasts one of the area's largest swimming facilities and a half-mile boardwalk through the pristine cypress hammock. Cave diving is now available in this 2nd-magnitude spring for certified cave divers with a Hart Guide (visit the website for more information).
It also offers a volleyball court, boat rentals, RV and tent camping, covered picnic areas, and 2 air-conditioned pavilions for family gatherings. Hart Springs is a county-owned park and is a designated river camp on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.
For more information contact:
Hart Springs Park
4240 SW 86th Ave., Bell, FL 32619
(352) 463-3444
Otter Springs - Trenton/Bell
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Otter Springs Park & Campground offers many opportunities for fun family activities including camping, swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing and several facilities to accommodate groups for family reunions, parties, weddings, meetings or any other social gathering. The campground offers more than 100 campsites with electric, water and sewer hook-ups, several tent camping spots and four cabins. You can enjoy swimming in the pool, which is heated during the winter, or cool off in the 2nd magnitude spring located in the picnic area. There are also several hiking trails that lead to the famous Suwannee River, a small basketball court and a volleyball net available. Otter Springs Park & Campground is a Gilchrist County park managed by ForVets; visit our website at www.OtterSprings.com or check us out on Facebook!
For more information contact:
Otter Springs Resort
6470 SW 80th Avenue, Trenton, FL 32693
(352) 463-0800
Rock Bluff Spring - Bell
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  Rock Bluff Spring is a 2nd-magnitude spring with an approximately 700' spring run to the Suwannee River and is actually located on private property, although there is access by boat. Scuba divers may access the caverns at their own risk. The spring boil may or may not be evident, depending on the river level.
Access is by boat only, put in at the boat ramp at the Rock Bluff Bridge (CR 340 west of SR 129 north of Bell, Florida) and proceed upstream approximately 200 feet.

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Blue Grotto - Williston
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This 15-acre commercially operated dive park features a large limestone sink, full-service dive shop and other facilities.
- 200' plus visibility, 100' depth
- 3 platforms in open water
- Fresh air bell at 30'
- Permanent heavy duty guidelines
- Dressing and restroom facilities with hot water showers
- Picnic areas
- Full service shop with air station and rentals
- Only 2 miles from food and lodging in downtown Williston.

For more information contact
Blue Grotto
3852 NE 172nd Ct., Williston, FL 32696
(352) 528-5770

Levy Blue Springs - Bronson
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This 30-acre recreation facility is built around the crystal-clear 2nd-magnitude spring at the headwaters of the Waccasassa River and features swimming, a playground and picnic sites. Amenities include hiking and riding trails through the Devil's Hammock Wildlife Management Area, observation decks, a boardwalk and fishing platforms. There is a small admission price and season passes are available.
For more information contact:
Blue Springs, 4550 NE 94th Place, Bronson, FL 32621
(352) 486-3303
Access: From Bronson, Florida, take U.S. 27-Alt (Hathaway Avenue) west toward Chiefland, turn left on CR 339-A (about 2 miles outside of town), travel 2.2 miles south to the end. Blue Spring is at the end of the road, Devil's Hammock access is right before the park gate. Turn left on that access road to find Little Blue Spring.
Devil's Den Resort - Williston
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A circular cavern opening at ground level looks down into a pool of clear water 60 feet below at this commercially operated dive park. It features:
- RV hookups
- Bathhouses with tiled hot showers
- Rental cabins
- Volleyball court and games
- Gazebos with picnic tables and bar-b-q grills
- Dive shop
- Equipment rentals
- Heated swimming pool
- Adjacent Two Hawk Hammock offers horseback riding
For more information contact:
Devil's Den Resort
5390 N.E. 180th Ave., Williston, FL 32696
(352) 528-3344
Access: From Williston, travel west toward Bronson on U.S. 27-Alt. for 1.3 miles. Turn right on NE 180th Avenue, there will be a highway sign stating that Devil's Den is a right turn, and it's the entrance to the Stonehedge Farms which is marked with a large sign.
Fanning Springs State Park
Fanning Springs
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This 1st-magnitude spring has a short run to the Suwannee River and features a boat dock right at the spring. Manatees often enter the spring run during cool weather at this 188-acre state park. Amenities include:
- Playground
- Volleyball courts
- Softball field
- 3/4-mile nature trail
- Picnic pavilions
- Cabins available, book yours at ReserveAmerica
Access: The park entrance is right on U.S. Highway 19 in Fanning Springs, Florida. Get Map.
For more information, write c/o Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 NW 115th St., Chiefland, FL 32626
(352) 493-6072
Henry Beck Park - Morriston
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  This county-owned park is open April 1st to September 30th each year, and sits on the banks of the Wekiva River, which is a spring run from a privately-owned spring. The water is normally crystal-clear, except in flood conditions. The park includes covered picnic facilities and sandy river access. The Wekiva River has been designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway.
Access: From Bronson, Florida, take CR 337 south (turn at Janney Realty on U.S. 27-Alt or Hathaway Avenue), continue to CR 343, turn right. The park entrance is on the right side of the road just before the bridge over the Wekiva River.
For more information contact:
Henry Beck Park
3770 SE County Road 343, Morriston, FL 32668
(352) 486-5326
Manatee Springs State Park - Chiefland
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  Pumping out well over 100 million gallons of crystal-clear water daily, Manatee Springs offers 2,000 acres perfect for swimming, canoeing and fishing, as well as camping and picnicking, and it is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Parks and Recreation.
Amenities include:
- Full-facility camping
- Campfire circle
- Nature trail
- Youth camp
- Picnic facilities
- Canoe launch
- Scuba Diving (and cave diving to cave certified divers) - no extra charge for diving, just park admission.
For more information contact:
Manatee Springs State Park
11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland, FL 32626
(352) 493-6072
Access: The park entrance is at the end of CR 320, six miles from the light at U.S. 19 in Chiefland, Florida.

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