Hart Springs County Park
With one of the area's largest swimming facilities, Hart Springs County Park is park designed for families with plenty of amenities and activities to enjoy.
Hart Springs County Park is a family-oriented recreation area. The park boasts one of the area's largest swimming facilities, with year-round 72-degree Farenheit water temperatures. A half-mile long boardwalk winds through the pristine cypress hammock.
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 designated river camp on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.
There are two springs in the area. The one farthest south discharges from a large circular limestone cavity extending horizontally to the south. The pool is about 50 feet in diameter and about 27 feet deep near the cavity. The spring run exits northwest, then widens to form a swimming area, about 30 feet downstream, about 100 feet wide at the diving board on the east bank. The run again constricts to about 25 feet, and flows under a wood foot bridge.
Cave diving is now available in this 2nd-magnitude spring for certified cave divers with a Hart Guide (visit the website for more information).
The second spring enters the main run from the right, the water discharging from a V-shaped vent. A short distance downstream from the confluence of the two runs, an inlet extends to the right (northeast); a small foot bridge crosses it near its junction with the main spring run. From here the run meanders about 850 feet northwest to the Suwannee River.
At a Glance:
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, cave diving, wildlife viewing, hiking, picnicking, fishing, playground
Entrance Fee: Yes
Scuba Diving: Cave diving for certified cave divers only with a Hart Guide
Onsite Camping: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes, but only in RV camping area
Type of Park: County park
Location: Gilchrist County – Lat. 29˚ 40’ 32.67” N., Long. 82˚ 57’ 06.16” W.
Address and Contact Information:
4240 SW 86th Avenue
Bell, FL 32619