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Morrison Springs Park

Morrison Springs is one of the most popular diving spots in northwest Florida and is well-known throughout the southeast. The large, sandy-bottomed spring is surrounded by a 161-acre park that is managed by Walton County.

Morrison Spring discharges an average of 48 million gallons of crystal-clear water each day to create a 250-foot-diameter spring pool and a spring run that flows into the Choctawhatchee River. There are 3 cavities reported at the bottom of the spring pool, 1 of which is 300 feet deep. The spring is popular not only for scuba diving but also for swimming and snorkeling. The natural floodplain setting is also popular for birding, photography, and nature walks.

The deep, clear water of Morrison Springs makes it a very popular spot for scuba diving and swimming. It is part of a county park set in the floodplain of the Choctawhatchee River.

The county recently provided new amenities to this park, including a picnic pavilion and restroom facilities. A large wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, with an overlook, links the springs to the floodplain along the spring run. A floating dock for divers only is located just a few yards from the spring boil and accessed from shore through the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A boat ramp was constructed downstream of the spring to avoid conflicts with swimmers and divers at the spring.

From Interstate 10, take Exit 96 onto Highway 81 South. Go about 6 miles. Turn left onto Highway 181-A. Drive for 1.5 miles, turn right onto Morrison Springs Road, and follow the road to its end.

At a Glance:

Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, photography, nature walk/boardwalk, birding

Entrance Fee: No

Scuba Diving: Yes

Onsite Camping: No

Dogs Allowed: Yes–under certain conditions

Type of Park: County operated

Location: Walton County–Lat. 30° 39’ 28.38” N., Long. 85° 54’ 14.18” W.

Address and Contact Information:

Walton County

76 North 6th Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

(Note: This is the address for the county offices, not the park)

Phone: (850) 892–8108

Get More Information:

http://www.co.walton.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=523

 
 
 
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