Ichetucknee Springs State Park spans a total area of approximately 2,512 acres of land and 225 acres of water that is located in Columbia County in the state of Florida and more specifically about four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238. The park was established after the state of Florida purchased the land in 1970 from the Loncala Phosphate Corporation for $1,850,000.
One year later the Ichetucknee Springs State Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark on October 1971. There are several attractions lure visitors into the Ichetucknee Springs State Park. For example, the spring in the park is just one of many other springs on the Ichetucknee River that produce about 233 million gallons of fresh water every day.
The park also has a wide diversity of flora and fauna including raccoons, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, wood ducks, and great blue herons. The park also has several reptile and fish species including American alligators, turtles, water snakes, crayfish, North American river otters, largemouth bass, West Indian manatees in the winter months, bream, bluegill, alligator gar, mullet, catfish, and several types of minnows.
Besides these attractions, the park also offers other recreational activities like hiking, tubing, canoeing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, wildlife viewing, and interpretive programs. Some of the conveniences in the park to facilitate these activities include hiking trails, picnic areas, food concession, covered pavilions, in-park shuttle, and a visitor center.
Dogs are undoubtedly allowed into Ichetucknee Springs State Park although some rules will apply. First, dogs must always be leashed that is, at most, six feet in length. Secondly, dog owners must stay away from areas of the park that are out-of-bounds to dogs. Additionally, dog owners are expected to clean up after their pooch and to dispose of the dog poop responsibly. It is, therefore, a good idea to carry poop bags.