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Jackson Blue Spring Recreation Area

Jackson Blue Spring is the heart of this county park, located approximately five miles east of Marianna. An average of 77 million gallons a day flows from the spring, which is the main source of water to a 202-acre reservoir known as Merritt’s Millpond, a nationally known fishing and locally popular boating area.

The headwater area of Jackson Blue Spring is popular for swimming due to the clear water and shallow bowl around the spring vent.

The spring emerges from an underwater cave complex that houses two rare species—the Georgia blind salamander and Dougherty Plain cave crayfish. Open-water scuba diving and cave diving at Jackson Blue Spring and other springs in the Merritt’s Millpond area are allowed, given proper permits from the county. Other springs near or in the park include Shangri-La Springs, Twin Cave Springs, Hole in the Rock Springs, and Gate Spring.

Image of The vent of Jackson Blue Spring lies beneath the diving boardZoom+ The vent of Jackson Blue Spring lies beneath the diving board Harley Measn/FDEP

The natural setting of the park includes cypress wetlands and upland mixed forests, which provide opportunities for photography, birding, and nature studies. A hiking trail is currently in development on the east side of the spring and millpond. Park facilities also include picnic pavilions and a playground area.

 

At a Glance:

Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking/ canoeing, fishing, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, playground, paddleboats, volleyball

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: Yes

Onsite Camping: No

Dogs Allowed: Yes

Type of Park: County

Location: Jackson County–Lat. 30° 47’ 25.85” N., Long. 85° 08’ 24.31” W.

Address and Contact Information:

Blue Springs Recreational Area

5461 Blue Springs Highway
Marianna, FL 32447
Phone: (850) 482–2114

Get More Information:

http://www.jacksoncountyfl.com/blue_springs.htm

 
 
 
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