The Sunshine State is the mecha of all things blue - from the sky to the ocean, even the buildings are sometimes blue. Probably the bluest things in our state though are the pristine inland springs hidden and scattered throughout lush landscapes. This blue spring stands out in an unlikely place and is easily one of Florida's best-kept secrets.
Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna Florida is more well known for it's hiking trails and the only air-filled cavern open to the public with the most gorgeous rock features - but hidden within the park is a stunning little spring. The water is such a bright and clear shade of blue, and we're already adding it to our summer spring-hopper bucket list.
This place is also called The Blue Hole; not to be confused with the official Blue Hole at Ichetucknee Springs - but we can definitely see them sharing the name. Check out some absolutely stunning photos of this blue hole below:
These springs are perfect and we can't wait to be able to visit them. Due to destructive damage from Hurricane Michael, the park is currently closed for clean up efforts. A portion of the statement from park Manager Jacob Strickland on the Florida State Parks Website reads as follows:
"..a Category 4 storm blew ashore and changed the Florida Panhandle landscape. Florida Caverns State Park sustained major damage. Approximately 90 percent of the park's thick forest fell. The park staff with help from other state parks, lineman, tree service employees, carpenters, plumbers, and electricians are diligently working to repair the damaged facilities, remove the hurricane debris, open roads and fire breaks throughout the park.... During the cleanup efforts, the park remains closed. A date for re-opening is yet to be determined, but we hope to welcome visitors again soon."
When the Florida Caverns open back up and you're able to go see this beautiful spring in person, the hours will be back to normal - 8 am to Sundown, 365 days a year. Entry is $4 per single guest vehicle, $5 per 2-8 person vehicle, or $2 for those coming by foot or bicycle, and an adults cave tour only costs $8.
Florida Caverns State Park is located at 3345 Caverns Rd Marianna, FL 32446. You'll have to hike on down to Blue Hole Dr and take the path to this unbelievably blue spring. Their website has a full map so you can plan your adventure when the park re-opens.
To see more about Florida Caverns State Park, stay up to date on their clean up progress and the full map to find the springs, check their 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.