If it's free, it's for me - especially when it comes to the natural wonders of our green earth. From the changing colors of the trees to the shimmering blue waters of our springs and oceans, there's no shortage of gorgeous places to be one with nature in the Sunshine State. This stunning turquoise spring is hidden right in a free public access park, and it's fit for royalty.
Royal Springs Park is tucked away in shady O'Brien Florida and is an open-access public park. The park itself features picnicking areas, grills, outhouses and boat ramp access to the Suwanee River, but the true star is the sapphire blue Royal Spring. The park is nestled comfortably in a lush forest off of the Suwanee River so it constantly cycles water - keeping it clear and a constant 72 degrees year round. The water gets pretty deep in some places, going as deep as 42 feet, which is perfect for diving enthusiasts.
Since the park is a bit more secluded, it's less well known and therefore you're more likely to have this place mostly to yourself. You'll have to walk down the boardwalk that surrounds the clear blue water of this spring like a horseshoe, but it's totally worth it. There's even a 10 ft tall diving board that lets you jump into the spring since it's so deep. Locals are very fond of this place and have attached rope swings as well to add to the spring hopping fun.
The crown for most gorgeous spring definitely goes to Royal Spring. Check out some stunning shots from the shimmering spring and connected Suwanee River below:
This short clip below shows you just how secluded it is, and you can even see the additional hiking paths off the main boardwalk that circle the springs; Royal Springs would be the perfect spot for a day or weekend away with nature.
Since the springs are located in a relatively low populated area, so there aren't a lot of amenities around. You'll want to bring everything you need for the day with you such as snacks, sunscreen, water, and your floating tube (also your cutest bikini) - unfortunately, no pets are allowed. The park is generally open 8 am to sundown year round, with the exception of Wednesdays where the park opens at 11 am - so you'll have all day long to dip and dive into this gorgeous body of water.
If you're ready to take off your crown, let your hair down, and jump into Royal Springs - Royal Springs Park is located at 198th Trail 15762 O'Brien, FL 32071.
For more information about the park, check out this website here.
Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.