Top 5 Best Natural Springs in Florida

Our state has over 700 natural springs. Each day, eight billion gallons of water flows from our underground aquifer at a constant 72-degrees.

With so many to choose from, it’s easy to find a refreshing watering hole to beat the summer heat.

Here are the locals’ top 5 favorite spots, both near and a little farther, to dive in!

Ask a Local – Best Natural Springs in Florida

Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” our page to participate next month.

JUNIPER SPRINGS RECREATION AREA

26701 SR-40, Fort McCoy 34488 (Located in the Ocala National Forest)

(352) 625-3147

Admission, Amenities and Hours:

$7/person weekdays, $10/person weekends

Camping and rentals available

Mon – Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Juniper Springs is one of the oldest and best-known recreation areas on the East Coast. Located between Ocala and Ormond Beach along SR 40, this complex of swimming and picnic area, campground and trails was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The setting houses hundreds of tiny bubbling springs and massive springs gushing out of crevices in the earth beneath a dense canopy of palms and oaks, an oasis within the heart of the desert-like scrub ecosystem.

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ICHETUCKNEE SPRINGS STATE PARK

12087 S.W. U.S. Highway 27, Fort White 32038

(386) 497-4690

Admission, Amenities and Hours:

$6/vehicle 2 – 6 passengers, $4/single occupant

Tubing, diving and paddling permitted

Mon – Sun: 8 a.m. – sundown

Although well-known for its warm weather tubing, the 2,669-acre Ichetucknee Springs State Park is also a wildlife haven, where beaver, otter, gar, softshell turtle, wild turkey, wood duck and limpkin all find a home. The main draw is the park’s eight major crystal-clear springs that join to create the 6-mile Ichetucknee River.

The upper portion within the state park is a National Natural Landmark, perhaps the most pristine spring run in the state and best enjoyed by canoe or kayak during the cooler months.

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RAINBOW SPRINGS STATE PARK

19158 SW 81st Pl Rd, Dunnellon 34432

(352) 465-8555

Admission, Amenities and Hours:

$2/person

Tubing, camping and rentals available

Mon – Sun: 8 a.m. – sundown

Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the head springs.

Rainbow Springs has very high visitation on weekends and holidays. The park will close when it reaches capacity, and no vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians will be allowed to enter, including registered campers. If you are renting a pavilion, hosting an event or have been invited to an event, please plan accordingly. If you leave the park when it is closed, you will not be allowed to reenter until the following day. Neither waiting in line in the park nor parking on the roads adjacent to the park will be allowed. Vehicles left outside the park on the road or private property could be towed at the owner’s expense.

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ALEXANDER SPRINGS RECREATION AREA

49525 County Road 445, Altoona 32702

(352) 669-3522

Admission, Amenities and Hours:

$7/person weekdays, $10/person weekends

Paddling, diving and camping available

Mon – Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Only 27 first-magnitude springs exist in Florida, and Alexander Springs is by far one of the easiest to enjoy. A broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool is a constant 72°F and extraordinarily clear. Ripples play across the sand bottom as small fish dart about. Surrounded by a floodplain forest of maples, sweetgum and cabbage palms, this recreation area feels almost tropical.

The following services are temporarily unavailable: Canoe rentals, parking reservation system and the general store. 

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ROCK SPRINGS KELLY PARK

400 E Kelly Park Rd, Apopka 32712

(407) 254-1902

Admission, Amenities and Hours:

$3 – $5/vehicle

Paddling, tubing and camping available

Mon – Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring (68 degrees year round), full-service concession, picnic pavilions and playground. Tube rentals are available from vendors outside the park; guests may bring their own pool noodles or floats that must be less than five feet in length or width. The waterfront closes one hour prior to park closing. During the summer, inclement weather can affect park operations; for the safety of our guests, the swim area will be closed if a storm produces lightning.

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