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Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Peacock Springs is an international destination for recreational cave diving. The park has two second-magnitude and one third-magnitude springs and 6 sinkholes—all in near-pristine condition and deep in the surrounding forest. All three springs can flow backwards when the Suwannee River floods.

Image of Peacock Spring

Cave divers have explored and surveyed nearly 33,000 feet of complex underwater passages, documenting one of the longest mapped underwater cave systems in the world.

Cave divers have explored and surveyed nearly 33,000 feet of complex underwater passages at Peacock Springs, thus documenting one of the longest mapped underwater cave systems in the world. Open-water and cavern diving are also available, and divers must show appropriate certification. Snorkeling and swimming are popular in Peacock Springs and Orange Grove Sink during the summer. Steps and platforms have been installed at the traditional access points to minimize clouding of the water. A nature trail leads visitors on a path tracing the twisting tunnels of the caves far below their feet. The park was renamed in 2010 to honor Wes Skiles, who helped explore and map the caves at Peacock and became a world-class diver-cinematographer.

The park is located 16 miles southwest of Live Oak, about 2 miles east of State Road on 180th St.

At a Glance:

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

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: Yes–open-water, cavern, or cave diving with appropriate certification

Onsite Camping: No

Dogs Allowed: Yes–see state park website for rules

Type of Park: Florida state park

Address and Contact Information:

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Peacock Springs Road

Luraville, FL 32066

Phone: (386) 776–2194

Get More Information:

http://floridastateparks.org/peacocksprings/

 
 
 
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