Troy Spring State Park
Located on the Suwannee River, this 80-acre park is a hidden gem in rural north Florida. Troy Spring consists of multiple spring vents and vertical limestone walls, surrounded by higher ground 18 feet above the water’s surface.
The spring run flows for only about 325 feet before it reaches the Suwannee. The main spring pool is about 138 feet by 118 feet and is 61 feet deep at normal water levels. The first-magnitude spring offers opportunities for swimming and snorkeling, and is a very popular open-water scuba-diving site. The underwater cave system has been mapped, but recreational cavern and cave diving is not permitted.
Still visible are the remains of the Civil War–era steamboat Madison, scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured while its owner was away fighting in Virginia.
Visitors can reach the park by car or by boat from the Suwannee River at the riverside dock. A half-mile nature trail guides visitors through a dense and beautiful hammock where they might see turkey, deer, and a multitude of birds. An old log cabin high on the riverbank overlooking the spring provides information about the park. The park is located off County Road 425, 1.3 miles north of U.S. Highway 27.
At a Glance:
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnic area, primitive camping
Entrance Fee: Yes
Scuba Diving: Yes–open-water diving only; no cavern or cave diving
Onsite Camping: Yes–primitive group camping only
Dogs Allowed: Yes–see state park website for rules
Type of Park: Florida state park
Address and Contact Information:
Troy Spring State Park 674 Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008
Phone: (386) 935–4835
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