Hidden between blue waters and lush landscapes lies an underwater paradise with beautiful caves. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park boasts a pristine ecosystem with different sinkholes to explore and make your summer adventure more thrilling.
The State Park offers recreational cave diving and features six sinkholes with underwater passages, making it one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world with two second-magnitude and one third-magnitude spring.
Many divers travel to Florida to explore 33,000 feet of surveyed underwater passages at the State Park. It is important to note that the underwater caverns are only open to certified divers. However, people without a certification can swim and snorkel around the premises.
The spring's property has wooden stairs and walkways for safety entering. It is important that you do not engage in diving unless certified. Parts of the springs are very dark and deep, so extra precaution is advised.
Other activities open to the public include kayaking/canoeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. In addition, there is an award-winning nature trail that leads visitors on a path tracing the twisting tunnels of the caves.
According to a Trip Advisor user, "This State Park is a great place for those wanting to hike down to the Suwannee River or dive. Peacock is secluded. If you are diving, The Dive Outpost is nearby for equipment and gas."
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sundown. It is free to enjoy the activities at the park, however there is an admission fee entrance of $4 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists and additional passengers.
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park
Address: 18532 180th Street Live Oak FL 32060
Price: Admission fee entrance of $4 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists and additional passengers
Why you need to go: This is one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world.
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.