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Ichetucknee Springs State Park

The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and floodplain forests before it joins the Santa Fe River. The upper 3.5-mile stretch of the river is protected in the state park and contains eight major springs, each with its own charm.

Image of Flowing forth from this first magnitude headspring, as well as seven other springs, the Ichetucknee river system is one of the most pristine in the state of Florida.Flowing forth from this first magnitude headspring, as well as seven other springs, the Ichetucknee river system is one of the most pristine in the state of Florida. © Russell Sparkman

In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark, and today the upper river remains Florida’s most pristine spring-fed river. No motorized boats are allowed, visitors’ trash is minimized, and a carrying capacity is carefully enforced. Because of its natural beauty, from the end of May until early September the Ichetucknee is Florida’s most popular tubing destination. Visitors also enjoy swimming, canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking.

The upper portion of the Ichetucknee River is a National Natural Landmark and is probably Florida’s most pristine spring-fed river. Eight major springs feed its crystal-clear waters, and it has become Florida’s most popular tubing destination.

Otters, beavers, raccoons, alligators, turtles, wild turkeys, wood ducks, limpkins, and egrets can be seen on the river. Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available throughout the park. A full-service concession offers food, refreshments, and outdoor products from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tubes and snorkeling and diving equipment can be rented from private vendors outside the park. The park entrance at the Head Spring is located 4 miles northwest of Fort White, off State Road 238.

At a Glance:

Activities: Tubing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking/canoeing, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnic area

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: Yes–Blue Hole Spring and Ichetucknee River only

Onsite Camping: No

Dogs Allowed: Yes–see state park website for rules

Type of Park: Florida state park

Address and Contact Information:

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

12087 Southwest U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038
Phone: (386) 497–4690

Get More Information:

Ichetucknee Springs State Park Website


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