Otter Springs is a second-magnitude natural spring with a near-constant temperature of 73 degrees and 10 million gallons of sparkling pure water flowing daily into the Suwannee River. The spring is surrounded by a 636-acre park and campground managed by Gilchrist County. The spring pool and shallow, sandy spring run in a natural setting invite swimming, snorkeling, photography, nature study, hiking, birding, and fishing.
The park also has many upland amenities, including an enclosed pool, a bathhouse, a clubhouse with indoor games, and a screened picnic pavilion. The park is open both for day use and for more extended visits. A variety of lodging options are offered, ranging from primitive tent camping, to recreational vehicle sites, to cabins, to stilt houses. The Spring House Lodge, with its traditional wraparound porch, is available for group meetings.
Otter Springs is located on the Suwannee River, surrounded by a 636-acre park and campground that provide a wide range of recreational and lodging amenities in a natural setting.
From Interstate 75, take Exit 387. Take ramp toward West Newberry Road (State Road 26); go 0.2 mile. Turn west toward Newberry on West Newberry Road (State Road 26); go approximately 30 miles. Exit to the right just past Wilcox and Otter Springs signs; go 0.2 miles. Turn right on County Road 232; go 1.6 miles. Turn left on Southwest 70th Street; go 1 mile. Turn right into entrance.
At a Glance:
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, photography, nature study, hiking, birding, and fishing
Entrance Fee: Yes
Scuba Diving: No
Onsite Camping: Yes–also cabins
Dogs Allowed: Yes–under certain conditions
Type of Park: County operated
Location: Gilchrist County–Lat. 29° 38’ 41.29” N., Long. 82° 56’ 33.91” W.
Address and Contact Information:
6470 Southwest 80th Avenue
Trenton, FL 32693
Phone: (352) 463–0800
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