A new addition to Florida's state park system, Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is sure to become one of the most popular. Previously on privately owned land, the park is home to a number of beautiful natural springs, including the second-magnitude spring after which it is named. Gilchrist Blue produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day, and its outstandingly clear water is truly a sight to behold.
The other named springs in the park are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring, and Johnson Spring. As you'd expect, with such spectacular water on offer, you'll want to pack your swimwear when you visit this beautiful spot. Paddling, snorkeling, and swimming are the three main activities for visitors, but some spots can get quite crowded during peak periods. Hiking, exploring nature, and picnicking are all popular pastimes, while many guests also indulge in a spot of fishing on the Santa Fe River.
For those looking to stay the night, the Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park campground features 25 campsites. Seventeen of those sites are for RV or tent camping and feature electrical hook-ups, while the remaining eight are available for tent-only camping.
Pets are welcome in the campground, provided you always remember to stick to the relevant rules and regulations. These include ensuring that your pet is leashed (the leash must be six feet or shorter) at all times and always well-behaved, plus making sure to clean up after your dog whenever necessary.
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is a stunning location and one that we're very lucky to be able to share with our canine companions. And with the park located just 25 miles south of Lake City and about 20 miles northwest of Gainesville, you don't have to travel far to immerse yourself in some of Florida's most spectacular natural scenery.