Summer is quickly approaching in the Sunshine State and we're so ready to make the most of it; after all, the Salt Life is all about enjoying the water and embracing adventure. Not all of your favorite swimming spots have to be saltwater though - this freshwater spring is incredibly blue and an absolutely stunning place; you'll want to add this to your summer bucket list.
Gilchrist Blue is a holy ground of turquoise waterscapes calling your name. The spring is tucked away in the Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, located in High Springs Florida. This 2nd magnitude spring produces over 44 million gallons of water a day that filters back out a shallow spring-run and into the Santa Fe River, keeping it crystal clear and gorgeous.
The shallow spring run is nestled among thick Florida plant life and a shady canopy of trees and is perfect for kayaking or paddleboarding as well; they have a long boardwalk that circles around the springs to the kayak launch area, which is also beautiful in itself.
Our hearts are calling to the glowing blue of this spring and lush riverscape, and it's a perfect place to get the best shots for your Insta feed - you can see a few stunning shots below:
The photos you can get underwater here are crystal clear and will really wow your followers, as well as be a pleasant reminder of your dip in this stunning spring that you can take with you in your pocket forever:
If you're not planning to camp, entry into the Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is only $4-$6 per vehicle; On-site canoe or kayak rental is $30-$40 to rent for all day, but their website welcomes you to bring your own if you have them. It's a super cheap way to experience all the natural beauty Florida has to offer and keep cool during the brutal summer heat.
If you do plan to camp, there are only 25 camp plots - 17 of which are RV spots with hook-ups and 8 are tent only. You can make it a weekend Florida stay-cation or take a week off when the summer comes to fully embrace the blue and serenity of this spring. The average price rate to camp for 3 nights is $18 a night - or $126 for a week. The price may fluctuate depending on if you get electricity hook-ups, week of booking, and plot availability, so we always recommend planning and booking your trip through their website.
This spot used to have a diving board, but the safety of visitors and preserving this natural wonder for everyone to visit was more important was removed.
Koo-Koo Kachoo, if you're ready to find your way back to the Gilchrist Blue, the Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is located at 7450 NE 60th St High Springs FL 32643. They're open 8 am to sundown - 365 days a year; unless you're camping of course.
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.