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FLORIDA SWIMMING HOLES
(53 PLACES)
UPDATED 9/2014


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FLORIDA STATE PARKS

WAKULLA SPRINGS S. P. BIG SHOALS S. P. ICHETUCKNEE AREA>>I-75 & I-10 OLENO S. P.>>I-75 MANATEE SPRINGS S. P. OCALA N. F. AREA RAINBOW SPRINGS S. P.>>I-75 DELEON SPRINGS S. P.>>I-4 BLUE SPRING S. P.>>I-4 LITHIA SPRINGS VENETIAN POOL CRYSTAL RIVER FANNING SPRINGS S. P.>>RT19 APOPKA AREA>>I-4 WACISSA RIVER EGLIN AREA PONCE DE LEON SPRINGS S. P.>>I-10 RED REEF PARK LARRY AND PENNY THOMPSON PARK>>I-95 CHASSAHOWITZKA AREA BLACKWATER RIVER S. P. FLORIDA CAVERNS S. P. ROCK BLUFF SPRINGS JONATHAN DICKINSON S. P. LOOK AND TREMBLE FALLS WARM MINERAL SPRINGS ECON RIVER TRIBUTARY LAFAYETTE BLUE SPRINGS S. P. CAPE CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE HART SPRINGS PEACOCK SPRINGS S. P. SPIRIT OF THE SUWANEE REDNECK RIVIERA ECONFINA CREEK


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APOPKA AREA
[2 PLACES]

(APOP)

PHOTOS BELOW
TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS ORLANDO, ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, APOPKA
LAT, LON lat=28.68089, lon=-81.51028(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Varies, see below
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION Several springs in the area north of Apopka. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREAS Varies, see below
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes
FACILITIES Toilet, Changing Room, Picnic Tables
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling
PHONE Varies, see below
CAMPING Varies, see below
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS Directions are from Apopka, which is northwest of Orlando:

WEKIWA SPRINGS S. P. [WEKI]: Wekiwa Springs are in suburban Orlando but surprisingly beautiful and a great swimming/snorkeling place. Acres of terraced green lawn for sunning and funning. PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2. Phone(407)884-2008. Camping at site. WEB SITE AND PHOTO. LAT, LON lat=28.7119, lon=-81.46(source: Springs web site) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here from Apopka, take RT 435 north then Welch Rd. east, jog north then continue on Wekiva Springs Rd. east to signs for the springs. Verified. Very confident. Updated 2/10/2005. walden's pond


Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip

Road Trip Dip


ROCK SPRINGS S. P. [ROCS]: (Also named "Kelly Park") Swim and tube. IS SOMETIMES CLOSED DUE TO BACTERIAL COUNT FROM ANIMALS. This from a visitor:"I just wanted to say that it is a great place to swim. Very popular with the locals and visitors. My grandparents swam there when they were young. I just wanted to let you know that it is a great place to swim and it is very clean and has a nice campground. Tubing is popular and the run starts at the cave to the right of the parking lot. The cave is barred for no entry. The water is deceptively clear...the water deeper than it looks. But cold, fresh and wonderful on a hot Florida day.The inner tubes can be rented outside the park at a couple of gas stations for a pretty cheap amount. Or you can take your own. The current is lazy, but strong enough to propel you downstream without having to kick your feet. There is a clean kiddie beach in a shallow part that is away from the diving and tubing."

STILL MORE ON THE WEB . LAT, LON lat=28.75758, lon=-81.50136(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here from Apopka, take RT 435 north for 5.9 mi, turn east at Y junction on paved road 0.5 mi to Kelly Park parking lot; the springs are to the south. Not verified. Very confident. Updated 2/10/2005.
walden's pond


Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip

Road Trip Dip


CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Varies, see above
DATE UPDATED 10/23/2008



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BIG SHOALS S. P.
(BIGS)

PHOTO
PHOTO
PHOTO
PHOTO
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS LAKE CITY, WHITE SPRINGS
LAT, LON lat= 30.36495, lon=-82.7054(source: map) (accuracy: Approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Suwannee River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Walking trails in State Park with opportunity to take an (unoffical) dip in the famous Suwannee River. Here the river has rapids (in Florida!) and bluffs. State Park website. There are alligators in this river - see Alligator safety cautions. This from a vistor:"Here along the famous Suwannee River you can find a few places to swim clothing optional. From White Springs Take SR-135 north a couple miles to where you see the cutoff for Big Shoals State Park, which offers trails to hike along the Suwannee which are seldom visited. There are plenty of places to skinny dip along the banks including the Kayak-Canoe launch ramp, when not occupied. On up further, where SR-135 ends and intersects at SR-6, a dirt road continues on up along the Suwannee where a boat ramp about mile further up also offers a place to skinny dip the river."
AREAS Big Shoals S. P. and Little Shoals S. P.
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Yes
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 877-635-3655
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS May be optional in some places
DIRECTIONS From I-75, take Exit 439 to RT 136 East toward the town of White Springs. Go three (3) miles to US 41 and turn right. (Just after you cross the bridge over the Suwanee River in White Springs, on the right, stop to visit the old "White Sulphur Springs" mineral resort springs pool . You can access the river here too.) Go one (1) mile and turn left on Hwy 135. Little Shoals entrance is about 1.1 mile on the right. Continue on Hwy 135 for 2.2 miles for Godwin Bridge entrance to Big Shoals on the right. (Alternatively, from I-10, take Exit 301 and travel 8 miles on US 41 North. Turn right onto Hwy 135 and proceed to the Shoals entrances.)
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Yes, 3/2013
DATE UPDATED 3/2013



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BLACKWATER RIVER S. P.
(BLAC)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS PENSACOLA, MILTON
LAT, LON lat=30.7083, lon=-86.8783(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Blackwater River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION From Florida State Parks Web Site: " Blackwater River State Park is an outdoor delight found in northern panhandle of Florida. Surrounded by Blackwater River State Forest, this park enjoys a long shoreline along one of the world's purest sand bottom rivers. Well known for canoeing, the park and surrounding forest have many miles of canoe trails including those on Sweetwater, Juniper and Coldwater Creeks. Hikers can enjoy viewing white sand beaches, longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps and a smattering of American white cedar woodlands.

The 1.5-mile nature trail is popular with individuals who enjoy viewing and identifying wildflowers. Blackwater River State Park is considered one of the purest sand bottom rivers in the world. The Blackwater River is in its natural state for almost its entire length. Beginning 45 miles upstream in the Conecuh National Forest in Alabama, it continues downstream for 13 miles before emptying into Blackwater Bay. The river's sand bottom, dark tannin waters and contrasting large, white sandbars have drawn worldwide attention and provide the perfect setting for this 590-acre park. The river attracts paddlers from far and wide and has been designated a Florida canoe trail. The last two miles of the trail are located within the park." WEB SITE AND PHOTO

The following is from a fan: "My husband was raised in the Milton, Florida area. He learned to swim in the Blackwater River. Anywhere you can park and walk to the river (not a tough thing), you can swim. Most of the river in the park is less than two feet deep. There are some deep holes at the inside of the bends. You can spot them because the usually have a sandbar across from them on the outside of the same bend. In the shallows the water is clear with a brown tint and you can see the bottom. There are very few obstructions. The water moves fast in the deeper parts so keep an eye on little ones or they can float off quickly. But it is much slower in the shallows and near the sandbars making it a good swimming river for families. Near the entrance to the park, Deaton Bridge is actually a good spot to swim. There is parking on either side of the bridge"
AREAS Blackwater River State Park, Blackwater River State Forest
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE For locations inside the park
FACILITIES Full State Park facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 850-983-5363
CAMPING Thirty campsites, with electric and water hookups, are available in state park.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Pensacola, take I-10 east to Milton then take RT 87 north for two miles. Go east on RT 90 to Harold. Turn left on Deaton Bridge Road. This takes you straight into the park entrance. Deaton Bridge is actually a good spot to swim. There is parking on either side of the bridge.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 6/13/2003



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BLUE SPRING S. P.
(BLUE)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS DE LAND, DELTONA, ORANGE CITY
LAT, LON lat=28.94603, lon=-81.33939(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Blue Springs
TYPE Spring
DESCRIPTION Blue Springs arises from a yawning cavern at the bottom of a transparent pool and runs as a broad stream about a 1/2 mile into the St. Johns River. The spring is sensitively developed but very accessible, with a raised boardwalk along much of the run. Elderly or disabled visitors, including wheelchair users, will find it very user friendly. The walk itself is a treat, through a shaded, tropical corridor with frequent views of the spring and several easy access points for swimmers. You can swim or snorkel down the run, letting the gentle current carry you along, under overhanging trees and spanish moss. IN winter, you may find manatees here - the state requires you to keep your distance from them when swimming. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.
AREAS Ocala N.F., Blue Spring S.P.
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes
FACILITIES Toilet, Changing Room, Picnic Tables
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling
PHONE (904)775-3663
CAMPING At site, in Blue Spring S.P. Phone (904)775-3663.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From DeLand, about 5 mi south on RT 17/92 to signs for Blue Springs S.P., near Orange City.
CONFIDENCE Highly confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 9/30/1999



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CAPE CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE
[2 PLACES]
(CAPE)

NO PHOTOS TO STATE MAP
TOWNS DAYTONA BEACH, NEW SMYRNA, TITUSVILLE
STATE FL
WATER Atlantic Ocean
TYPE Clothing optional beaches
DESCRIPTION Part of a Federal reserve, these 2 areas are traditionally clothing optional beaches. They are NOT easy to get to and have VERY limited facilities and parking. Read these BEFORE going: PLAYALINDA BEACH 1 , PLAYALINDA BEACH 2 , Canaveral National Seashore. .
AREAS Canaveral National Seashore/Wildlife Refuge
SANCTION Official beaches - unoffically nude beaches
FEE Yes
FACILITIES Very few - chemical toilets at parking lots - no drinking water except at Visitor's Center
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Sunbathing, Fishing
PHONE 386-428-3384 ext. 10 NOTE: due to remoteness cell phone coverage is spotty, especially as you move south from the Visitor's Center
CAMPING No beach camping, camping is permitted by permit on islands in the Indian River Lagoon that are accessible only by boat.
BATHING SUITS Optional
DIRECTIONS From Daytona Beach, take I-95 south, then:

APOLLO BEACH [APOL]: Part of a Federal reserve, south of parking lot #5 is a traditionally clothing optional beach. It has VERY limited facilities and parking. Read the website articles above BEFORE you go. To get here, from I-95, take exit #49 headed east on RT 44 towards New Smyrna Beach. (NOTE: Be aware there is a town called Apollo Beach on the Gulf side of the state. For GPS navigation instructions, you can enter the community of Bethune Beach which will put you a couple of miles from the entrance.) Stay on this road which will turn int A1A south and lead directly to the park entrance.

There are 5 parking lots spaced about 1.5 miles apart, each with only about 30 parking spaces. Go early due to the limited parking, take water to drink, suntan lotion and bug repellant as well as some form of shade. If lot #5 is full, rangers generally allow one car to wait at the turnaround; otherwise they wll make you move. You can drive back north. It is a common courtesy for locals to give others a ride down to #5.

Travel light in case you have to walk . Once you reach the beach and are facing the ocean, turn to your right and walk. You will have about a mile of clothing optional beach to enjoy; but do not go past the Backcountry boundry sign unless you have purchased a Backcountry permit ($2/person). LAT, LON lat=28.929895, lon=-80.822725(source: meayred by another) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Verified by another. Updated 2/2011.

PLAYALINDA BEACH [PLAY]: Part of a Federal reserve, north end is a traditionally clothing optional beach. It has VERY limited facilities and parking. To get here, from I-95, continue south to Titusville, take Max Brewer Memorial Pkwy (RT 406) east across the bridge to Merritt Island. Keep right onto RT 401/402 toward Wilson and the Canaveral National Seashore. When you get to the beach, turn north (left) and go about 5 miles north to the northern end of the beach. Go early, parking is limited, take water to drink and shade but travel light because you may have to walk a good way if you want to get to get to the clothing optional area at the north end. Read the website articles above BEFORE you go. Very confident. Verified by another. Updated 2/2011. LAT, LON lat=28.702965, lon=-80.665730(source: meayred by another) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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CHASSAHOWITZKA AREA
[3 PLACES]
(CHAS)

PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS OCALA, CRYSTAL RIVER, CHASSAHOWITZKA
LAT, LON (of park - drive to here) lat=28.71389, lon=-82.57715(source: Web site) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Chassahowitzka River
TYPE River, Springs
DESCRIPTION There are several swimming holes in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. See "DIRECTIONS" below for details. (See also "Crystal River" nearby.)
AREAS Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Chassahowitzka River Campground (county park)
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Park fee and canoe rental fee
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling
PHONE 352-382-2200
CAMPING Chassahowitzka County Park is here, has camping. Many mosquitos.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From the town of Crystal River, go south on RT 19/98 about 13 miles to where RT 98 splits off to the east (left). At this junction, go west (right) on RT 480 (W. Miss Maggie Drive) and go about 2 miles to the Chassahowitzka River Campground (county park). Here you rent a canoe or boat and paddle to the springs below. There are many springs, some with alternate names, below are just a few. Be sure to get a map of the river and springs from the park office. ONLINE MAP.

There are several springs where one can swim and snorkel that can be reached only by boat. There is a boat rental place and boat launch at the Chassahowitzka County Park (which also has camping) from which these springs can easily be reached by canoe, rowboat or other boat. CAUTION: THERE ARE SAID TO BE SOME WATER MOCCASIN (poisonous) SNAKES IN THE WATERS AROUND HERE - AND THERE ARE ALLIGATORS - BE CAREFUL. Rent and/or launch a boat and then:

SOLUTION HOLES [SOLU]: (A popular place called "Seven Sisters" is very near here also) Also known as "Devil's Punchbowl". PHOTO . Information from Springs Fever web site: "From the boat ramp, go upstream to the right (east) behind the main spring basin and into the manmade channel about 50 feet. Turn left into run and the solution holes are in the run. Many people swim here - the holes are like tubs, people get in them and swim between them underwater - YOUTUBE ." LAT, LON (of spring) lat=28.715, lon=-82.5764 (of spring) (source: Spring Web Site ) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Verified by another. Updated 9/2014.

HOUSEBOAT SPRINGS [HOUS]: Information from Springs Fever web site: From the boat ramp, go downriver about .3 mile and look for spring basin opening on the left (south). It is circular bay. about 150 feet in diameter and over 20 feet deep. Swimming and snorkeling. LAT, LON (of spring) lat=28.71530, lon=-82.58333(source: DeLorme ) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Verified by another. Updated 9/2014.

BLUE SPRING [BLSP]: (A popular place called "The Crack" is very near here also) PHOTO .Quoted from Springs Fever web site: "From the boat ramp, go downriver about .5 mile and then turn south (left) into either of two openings of Baird Creek, which flows around a tiny island at the mouth of the run. Paddle up main channel for .5 mile to the Blue Spring basin. The basin is basically at the head of the run, although there are 2-3 smaller basins to its immediate right (west) and a small run at the back of Blue Spring that winds back another 200-250 yards to The Crack (a.k.a. "Miss Maggie's Crack"). The spring forms a large circular basin that is about 100 feet across and 25 feet deep." Swimming and snorkeling. LAT, LON (of spring) lat=28.70897, lon=-82.58001(source: DeLorme ) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Pretty confident. Verified by another. Updated 9/2014.
CONFIDENCE See above
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 9/2014



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CRYSTAL RIVER
(CRYS)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS OCALA, CRYSTAL RIVER
LAT, LON lat=28.8915, lon=-82.597(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Crystal River, Homosassa River, King Springs
TYPE River, Springs
DESCRIPTION Can swim/snorkel/scuba very close to or actually among manatees in winter months (mid-Nov to mid-Mar - Jan and Feb are best). Need a boat to get to the manatee place (at King's Spring) but it is a very short distance. A rented john boat or canoe will do but a larger party might want to rent a pontoon boat.

The least expensive (do it yourself) option is Point Paradise (see Directions below). You can also book tours with dive shops there that are more expensive and provide lots of gear and guidance. These dive shops in town of Crystal River rent these boats as well as snorkelling/scuba gear and also offer guided trips. Some dive shops there are (we have not reviewed any of these):
Plantation Inn and Golf Resort (800)632-6262
Crystal Lodge Dive Center (352)795-6798
Birds Underwater (352)563-2763
AREAS Wildlife Refuge
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba diving, manatee observation, aquatic birds
PHONE See above
CAMPING Nearby at Rainbow Springs S.P.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Ocala, go west on RT 40 to RT 41. Go south on RT 41 (past Rainbow Springs, also a swimming hole, see elsewhere) to RT 488 at Dunnellon (just after you cross the river). Take RT 48 southwest to RT 495, then RT 495 south to the town of Crystal River. Go south on RT 19 through Crystal River, along here you will see signs to the dive shops.

For the do-it-yourself option, continue down RT 19 and look on the right for a sign saying Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, turn east (right) here onto S. E. Paradise Point Rd. Follow this road until it ends at the river, at "Port Paradise" marina. Here you can rent various boats inexpensively and it is a short trip out to "King Springs" where the manatees go in winter. (I think you can also launch your own boat there for a fee). Go there very early in the day (like 7 AM) for the greatest likelihood of seeing manatees. (There is a great bar at Point Paradise also, late in the day they have live music and a patio overlooking the river.)
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 9/2014



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DELEON SPRINGS S. P.
(DELE)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS ORLANDO, DAYTONA BEACH, DeLAND
LAT, LON lat=29.13494, lon=-81.36486(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER DeLeon Springs
TYPE Spring
DESCRIPTION DeLeon Springs arises from a cavern at the bottom of a transparent pool. The spring is bordered with concrete and stone looks like swimming pool except that the bottom is all natural. The park also has a famous pancake house, from 9:00 AM. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.
AREAS DeLeon Springs State Recreation Area
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes. $3.25 per car.
FACILITIES Toilet, Changing Room, Picnic Tables
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping, Snorkeling, Boating
PHONE (904)985-4212
CAMPING None at site. Go to Juniper Springs (see below) in Ocala N.F. for camping at beautiful sites.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS DeLand, go 6 mi north on RT 17, see signs.
CONFIDENCE Highly confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 9/30/1999



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ECONFINA CREEK
(ECOF)


YOUTUBE
TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS TALLAHASSEE, PANAMA CITY
LAT, LON (Pitt Springs Rec Area) lat=30.43114, lon=-85.54616 (source: Map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
LAT, LON (Walsingham Rec Area & Campground ) lat=30.48270, lon=-85.52397 (source: Map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Econfina Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION Econfina Creek is part of the Econfina Creek Water Management Area (WMA), which provides a linear park along the creek with a foot trail most of the way. Econfina Creek offers the steepest gradient of any designated canoe trail in the state. Canoeists pass waterfalls, rock outcrops, log jams, riverbed springs and plentiful bird life. The coordinates above and directions below are for two of the auto access points to the creek.

1. The Pitt Spring Recreation Area, where RT 20 crosses Econfina Creek, is a day use area with swimming. 2. North of Pitt Spring, the Walsingham Recreation Area is where Walsingham Bridge Rd. (gravel) crosses Econfina Creek, and has a campground also with swimming. See the MAP IN THIS BROCHURE, and ANOTHER MAP for details (print and take with you). North of Walsingham, on a gravel road along the east side of the creek, are 3 more recreation areas (Longleaf, Seashell and Devils Hole)which have camping and may have swimming. (As of 2014, Devils Hole may have a swimming platform, boardwalk and steps to enter the water.)

This from a local:"The Pitt Spring Rec site is a new "mini state park", very nice with restrooms/changing rooms, tanning decks, picnic area, and some parking. I would call it a "wading hole" - it is a spring hole with just a small (6 ft diam?) blue spring hole, a 200 ft or so diam walled sand bottom wading circle, and a short spring run to Econfina Creek, which creek is about 50 ft wide and 2-3 ft deep. The others are just unimproved spring runs as far as I know, haven't visited all. They are also used for kayak/canoe put-ins for a popular paddle route down Econfina from SR 20 to CR 388. One of them is controlled by the state and has parking, trash cans, etc."
AREAS Econfina Creek Water Management Area
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Toilets at Pitt Spring and Walsingham
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Rope swings, Canoeing
PHONE None
CAMPING Developed camping at Walsingham and recreation areas north of Walsingham.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Panama City take RT 231 north about 25 miles then RT 20 west about 7 miles to where it crosses Econfina Creek at Pitt Spring Rec Area, where there is swimming. To get to Walsingham Rec Area, continue west a very short distance then turn north (right) on Strickland Rd (unpaved) (past the canoe rental place) and continue onto Porter Pond Rd turn right on Hampshire Blvd then right on Walsingham Bridge Rd to Walsingham campground. From there, there is a gravel road going north on the east side of the creek to Longleaf, Seashell and Devils Hole Rec Areas, some of which have swimming.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED no
DATE UPDATED 12/2012



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ECON RIVER TRIBUTARY
(ECON)

PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
PHOTO 3
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS ORLANDO, WINTER PARK
LAT, LON lat=28.597680, lon=-81.226039(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Little Econlockhatchee River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION This from a visitor:"This is a glorious, resplendent hideaway near the University of Central Florida. A combination of students, alternative culture types and outdoorsy folk visit regularly. There are high schoolers and some families on the weekend afternoons, when skinny dipping may not be acceptable. If others are there, just ask permission and normally they say "do what you do" or "doesn't bother me". There is a very mellow, tolerant vibe and visitors tend to accept the chosen activities of others without much notice. The best hours for visiting are between 11 am and 2pm as high school students and others may congregate after school and during summer months, usually late in the afternoon. They aren't too rowdy but they do put a crimp in the freedom quotient." "

"There is the possiblity that alligators will stray into any waterway in Central Florida, but I have never seen one here in 2 years and veterans of 8-10 years say that have not seen gators ever. Central Florida does have some aquatic snakes but these are rare as are water moccassins. The water is crystal clear with a sandy bottom in many places, so a swimmer would have plenty of visibility to see a snake in the water and take evasive action. Again, no one has seen a poisonous snake here but, in Florida, a variety of snakes abound. "
AREAS None - county property
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping, Canoeing
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Optional
DIRECTIONS Directions: From downtown Orlando, take RT 408 east then RT 417 north then University Blvd east to Rouse Rd. The swimming hole is located at the rear of the Wendy's parking lot on Unversity Blvd near Rouse Rd. near the campus of the University of Central Florida. Park well off the road at least 300 yards from the intersection to keep patrol officers happy. There are mowed indentations on the west side of the road and plenty of safe, shaded parking areas on the east side of the road near a manicured retention pond near an office building complex. At the rear of the Wendy's parking lot is a chain link fence gate just jump over the short cement wall and onto the path and follow the path to the creek bed where you will find beautiful and gargantuan cypress trees and the swimming hole/pond.

"PARKING CAUTION: Do not park at Wendy's unless you also purchase goods at the restaurant. Wendy's is generous about looking the other way and will continue to do so unless the parking lot fills with non-customers. Several lots in the area have towaway zones so be cautious of this also."
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED no
DATE UPDATED 4/23/2008



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EGLIN AREA
[3 PLACES]
(EGLI)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS PENSACOLA, FT. WALTON BEACH, VALPARISO, EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE
STATE FL
WATER Live Oak Creek; Blue Springs
TYPE Creek, Springs
DESCRIPTION Two swiming holes on the Eglin Air Force Base grounds:

LIVE OAK CREEK [LIVE]: Located south of Test Area B-70 and east of Test Area A-73. A large swimming area used by local residents is downstream of this area. (No better directions.)LAT, LON lat=30.52839, lon=-86.71964(source: DeLorme ) (accuracy: general area) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP

BLUE SPRINGS [BLUP]: Located approx. .5 miles north of Test Area C-2 complex, used as a swimming hole. The only natural artesian spring on Eglin A.F.B. property. (No better directions.)LAT, LON lat=30.6458, lon=-86.4519(source: Springs web site) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP

TURKEY CREEK [TURK]: Just north of Valparaiso there is a local swimming hole in Turkey Creek (this is also a Geocaching Site .) No details on how to get there - use the coordinates and happy hunting! LAT, LON lat=30.525194, lon=-86.502472(source: Geocaching web site) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.

Here are the rules for civilian access to the air base:

"A general recreational permit is required for civilians to access Eglin Air Force Base's land, streams, and water impoundments or to use its camp grounds, swimming holes or to hunt on it during the various game seasons. A general access permit and a map will be issued to anyone over 16 years old that can pay $5.00 and show valid identification, e.g., a driver's license, voter registration, etc. The permit is valid from October 1 through October 1 of the following year, regardless of the date of issue."

"Eglin AFB, an area of over 700 square miles, has been supporting all the Military Service's ordnance testing and training since 1939. It is also the home of several on-site USAF Combat and Special Operations Wings. The U.S. military uses vast areas of it for weapons training year round. All weapons ranges are strictly off limits because of the real danger of unexploded ordnance. All such areas are clearly marked on the map, posted and patrolled."

"Permits are issued from one office only; Eglin AFB Natural Resources Branch (Jackson Guard Office) located at 107 Highway 85 North, Niceville, Florida 32578. Office hours are: Monday through Thursday, 07:00-16:30. Friday, 07:00-18:00. Saturday, 07:30-12:30. Closed Sunday and Holidays. Telephone: 850-882-4164."

AREAS Eglin Air Force Base
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Pensacola, go east on I-10 then south on RT 85 or RT 182 to Eglin A.F.B.. Then see directions above. (No better directions.)
CONFIDENCE Uncertain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/15/2001



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FANNING SPRINGS S. P.
(FANN)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond
TOWNS GAINESVILLE, FANNING SPRINGS
LAT, LON lat=29.5861, lon=-82.935(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Fanning Springs
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION Swim in beautiful, clear spring, diving platform also. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.
AREAS Fanning Springs State Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, $1.00 per person (2000)
FACILITIES Picnic tables, Toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, High Jumping/Diving
PHONE (352)493-6072
CAMPING None at site, camp nearby at Manatee Springs S. P.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, go west about 33 miles on RT 26 to Fanning Springs. Park is right there before bridge over the Suwanee River. (See also "Manatee Springs S. P.", nearby)
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Yes, 10/00
DATE UPDATED 1/13/2001



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FLORIDA CAVERNS S. P.
(FLOR)

YOUTUBE TO STATE MAP
TOWNS TALLAHASSEE, MARIANNE
LAT, LON lat=30.820553, lon=-85.243133(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Blue Springs
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION Swim in beautiful, clear spring in (or near?) State Park. Also, there is an impressive caverns here you can visit. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE. A lengthy canoe trail begins here on the Chipola River and goes south for many miles along this river. See also "LOOK AND TREMBLE FALLS" swimming hole which is south on this river.
AREAS Florida Caverns State Park
SANCTION Unknown
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilites at State Park
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling
PHONE 850-482-9598 (State Park)
CAMPING Nicely developed camping at State Park.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS Go west on I-10 from Tallahassee. Get off I-10 at the town of Marianne and take RT 166 north. Follow signs to Florida Caverns S. P.. (I am not sure if the Blue Springs are actually in the S. P. or just nearby.)
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 12/19/2001



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HART SPRINGS
(HART)

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Walden's Pond
TOWNS GAINESVILLE, FANNING SPRINGS, BELL
LAT, LON lat=29.67376, lon=-82.95101(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Hart Springs (near Suwanee River)
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION County park where you can swim. snorkel and scuba dive in beautiful, clear spring. Thereis also cave diving here for the very adventurous. Address is 4240 SW 86th Avenue, Bell, FL 32619
AREAS Hart Springs County Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, $4.00 per person (2010)
FACILITIES Picnic tables, toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, snorkeling, scuba
PHONE 352-463-3444
CAMPING Camping at the site, full hook ups.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, go west about 30 miles west on RT 26 (almost to Fanning Springs S. P.). Turn north (right) on SW County Rd. 341 and go a short way and turn west (left) on SW County Rd. 344 and continue to the Hart Springs Receration Park right before the road ends at the Suwanee River. (See also "Manatee Springs S. P.", nearby)
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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ICHETUCKNEE AREA
[3 PLACES]
(ICHE)

PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GAINESVILLE, HIGH SPRINGS
STATE FL
WATER Varies- see below
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION A number of clear, cool springs very close to each other northwest of Gainesville. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS None
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes
FACILITIES Varies- see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming,Tubing,Snorkeling
PHONE See below
CAMPING Camp at Oleno STATE PARK nearby or Manatee Springs S.P.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, go northwest on I-75 to Alachua. Then take RT 441/25/20 northwest through the town of High Springs. Then:

BLUE SPRINGS 2 [BLU2]: Privately owned spring. Local web site says: "Family owned and operated since 1958 with 250 acres of the "Real Florida". Stroll along .25 mile boardwalk as it follows the springs run into the scenic Santa Fe River, or gaze into the crystal blue depths from the dock overlooking the springs boil. A dip into 72 degree water is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged." Toilet, Changing Room, Picnic Tables, Swimming, Snorkeling, Tubing, Camping. Fee. (386)454-1369. WEB SITE AND PHOTO. LAT, LON lat=29.8299, lon=-82.6828(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here: from High Springs, take RT 340 west to signs for Blue Springs. Not verified. Very confident. Updated 2/22/2003. walden's pond


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GINNIE SPRINGS [GINN]: Privately owned spring. Very beautiful and well known. Strong water flow, gin-clear water, interesting bottom. Scuba diving place. Fee. LINK TO WEB SITE AND PHOTO , YOUTUBE . LAT, LON lat=29.8368, lon=-82.7038(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here: from High Springs, take RT 340 west (past Blue Springs) to signs for Ginnie Springs. Partially verified. Very confident. Updated 2/22/2003.

ICHETUCKNEE SPRINGS S. P. [ICHS]: Ichetucknee Springs arises from a head spring the bottom of a transparent pool and runs as a stream. Very popular for tubing (3 hours beginning to end). The head spring is a National Natural Landmark. Moonlight and sunrise canoe trips are popular. All facilities. Swimming, Tubing, Snorkeling, Boating. 904)497-2511. Fee. No camping at site. Camp at Oleno S. P. nearby or Manatee Springs S. P. WEB SITE AND PHOTO , YOUTUBE ,
YOUTUBE . LAT, LON lat=29.9838, lon=-82.7603(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here: from High Springs, take RT 27/20 northwest to signs for Ichetucknee Springs S. P. Verified. Very confident. Updated 2/22/2003.
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Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip

Road Trip Dip
CONFIDENCE Varies- see above
VERIFIED Varies- see above
DATE UPDATED 2/22/2003



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JONATHAN DICKINSON S. P.
(JONA)

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Walden's Pond
TOWNS PORT SAINT LUCIE, NORTH PALM BEACH, STUART
LAT, LON lat=27.02427, lon=-80.10853(source: Measured) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Loxahatchee River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Freshwater grassy beach on a river. Closed for 18 years due to water quality problems. Recently reopened after effort to clean up water. See LOCAL AREA MAP above. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.
AREAS Jonathan Dickinson S. P.
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Picnic Tables, Toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 772-546-2771
CAMPING Camping at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Stuart (south of Port Saint Lucie), go 12 miles south on RT 1 to the State Park.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED Yes, 1/2014
DATE UPDATED 1/2014



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LAFAYETTE BLUE SPRINGS S. P.
(LAFA)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond
TOWNS LAKE CITY, LIVE OAK, PERRY, MAYO
LAT, LON lat=30.126117, lon=-83.224944(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Blue Spring/Suwannee River
TYPE Spring
DESCRIPTION Official swimming place in beautiful spring in unspoiled State Park. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.
AREAS Lafayette Blue Springs S. P.
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 386-294-3667
CAMPING Walk-in (tent) camping at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Lake City, take I-10 west to Exit 283 then RT 51 southwest through Live Oak to Mayo. Lafayette Blue Spring is located 7 miles northwest of Mayo on the west side of the Suwannee River. From Mayo, drive northwest on RT 27 for 4.3 miles. Turn right on CR 292 and continue for 2.1 miles. Turn east on Blue Springs Road and go 0.2 miles to the park entrance.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIEDNoNo
DATE UPDATED 10/22/2008



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LARRY AND PENNY THOMPSON PARK
(LARR)

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Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS MIAMI, CUTLER RIDGE, HOMESTEAD
LAT, LON lat=25.60183, lon=-80.40481(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Unknown
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION Not really a swiming hole but a lovely county park with swiming beach on spring-fed lake and several fun waterslides. Swimming area is closed in the winter, from approximately October/November to May. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.
AREAS Larry and Penny Thompson County Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Picnic Tables, Toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Sliding, Boating
PHONE (305)232-1049
CAMPING Camping at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Florida Turnpike south of Miami, take exit 13 then go 1.3 miles west on Eureka Drive (184th st) to the park on the right.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/15/2001



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LITHIA SPRINGS
(LITH)

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Walden's Pond
TOWNS TAMPA, BRANDON
LAT, LON lat=27.8667, lon=-82.2311(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Unknown
TYPE Spring
DESCRIPTION A big, horeshoe shaped, crystal clear pond with the Alafia River joining at one end (color variations of where the 2 waters meet is pretty cool!). It has sandy white beaches all around the water's edge with grassy picnic areas, nature trails, playground and camping facilities. LINK TO A LITHIA SPRINGS FAN'S WEB SITE
AREAS County Park
SANCTION Official
FEE No
FACILITIES Toilet, Changing room, Picnic tables
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE (813)744-5572
CAMPING At site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Brandon (south of Tampa), go east on RT 60 about 15 mi, turn right on RT 39 to Lithia. Lithia Springs is about 3 mi west of Lithia. Drive 0.6 mi southeast from the Alafia River Bridge on the Pinehurst- Lithia Road, turn right (west) onto a paved road and continue 1.4 mi to the springs.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED no
DATE UPDATED 1/15/2001



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LOOK AND TREMBLE FALLS
(LOOK)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS TALLAHASSEE, ALTHA
LAT, LON lat=30.53431, lon=-85.16506(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Chipola River
TYPE River/Falls
DESCRIPTION Rapids on the Chipola River, which is a Florida canoe trail river, beginning at Florida Caverns S. P. north of here. This according to a local fan:"It has a limestone bottom with lots of deep holes, so wear some shoes to protect your feet, and bring a diving mask to look under the surface. The especially interesting part of Look And Tremble is that the holes in that rocky bottom catch and hold both Indian artifacts (projectile points, etc.) and fossils (pieces of manatee ribs, etc.) as they wash downstream." See also "FLORIDA CAVERNS S. P." swimming hole north of here on the Chipola River.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling
PHONE None
CAMPING Nicely developed camping at Florida Caverns State Park north of here.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS Go west on I-10 from Tallahassee. Get off I-10 at RT 71 near the town of Marianne and take RT 71 south to Altha. In Altha, take RT 274 west about 4 miles to where it crosses the Chipola River. The swimming place is near this bridge. BE CAREFUL - THERE MAY BE STRONG CURRENTS HERE DEPENDING ON WATER LEVEL.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 4/1/2006



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MANATEE SPRINGS S. P.
(MANA)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GAINESVILLE, CHIEFLAND
LAT, LON lat=29.49, lon=-82.9772(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Manatee Springs; Suwannee River
TYPE Springs, River
DESCRIPTION Swim in Manatee Springs, snorkel and scuba in Suwannee River.LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.
AREAS Manatee Springs S. P.
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, #3.25 per carload, 2000
FACILITIES Picnic tables, Toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba diving
PHONE (904)493-6072
CAMPING At site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, go west about 33 miles on RT 26 to Fanning Springs.(See also "Fanning Springs" swimming place.) From Fanning Springs, go south on RT 19 about 10 miles then west on RT 320 to Manatee Springs S. P..
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Yes, 10/00
DATE UPDATED 1/15/2001



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OCALA N. F. AREA
[5 PLACES]
(OCAL)

PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond
TOWNS OCALA, BARBERVILLE
STATE FL
WATER Various Springs
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION There are several beautiful, clear springs in the Ocala National Forest. At a constant 72 degrees all year round, they are a brisk delight in any season. See "DIRECTIONS" below for details.

AREAS Ocala N.F.
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, at all
FACILITIES Toilets, Picnic Tables at most - see below for exceptions.
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping (at Juniper), Snorkeling, Boating
PHONE Various
CAMPING See above, camping at all but Silver Glen Spring.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS All of these springs are off of RT 40 between Ocala and Barberville in the Ocala National Forest. Directions are given in sequence as you proceed west on RT 40 from Barberville.

ALEXANDER SPRINGS [ALEX]: Popular spring for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving into cave at bottom. Camping at site in very lovely, tropical setting. PHOTO. LAT, LON lat=29.08036, lon=-81.57808(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get there: From Barberville, go west on RT 40 to Astor Park. Go south on RT 445 to signs for Alexander Springs Recreation Area.

SILVER GLEN SPRINGS [SILV]: Very beautiful spring, maybe the best for snorkeling. Has a very deep "boil" in the center, with colorful fish both in the boil and around the edges near vegetation. Nice for picnicking also. All facilities, no camping at site. LINK TO WEB SITE. Camp nearby at Juniper, Salt or Alexander Springs. PHOTO 1 - PHOTO 2 - PHOTO 3 To get there: Continue west from Alexander Spring on RT 40 to RT 19. Take RT 19 north to sign for Silver Glen Springs on the right (before you get to Salt Springs).LAT, LON lat=29.24606, lon=-81.64328(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP

SALT SPRINGS [SALT]: Very large, very popular spring for swimming,snorkeling. Was closed for a period but is reopened as of 3/25/2012. Fee $5.50 per person in 2012. PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2 , PHOTO 3 . All facilties. Here is a report from a visitor:"Salt Springs was especially interesting because it has such a high mineral content that it is, essentially, "salty". Enough so that sea animals such as mullet and Atlantic blue crab live there, even though it is more than sixty miles from the ocean. Amazing. My wife had to practically pry me out of that place. I couldn't swim there enough.". Camping at site, not very well wooded. LAT, LON lat=29.3536, lon=-81.7404(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get there: Continue north from Silver Glen Springs on RT 19 to just past the intersection with RT 314. Access to spring is just ahead.

BLUE SINK [BLUS]: This has been a great place to swim over the years for many people and usually has quite a few there, either for a quick dunk to cool off or maybe some primitive camping. PHOTO . LAT, LON lat=29.0608, lon=-81.6709(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. No fee. Facilities unknown. To get there: Take RT 19 south from the intersection with RT 40. Go about 9 miles to a small village and RT 573. Take RT 573 to the west (right turn). Go about 2 miles on RT 573 and look for a well-used road going to the north (right) (there is no sign). Take this road a short distance to the Blue Sink swimming place. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 2/22/2003.

JUNIPER SPRINGS [JUNI]: Arises from a cavern at the bottom of a transparent pool and runs as a narrow stream for many miles. The spring is sensitively developed, a beautiful tropical setting. There is a platform you can jump from. PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2 , PHOTO3 . There is a path through a shaded, tropical corridor with frequent views of the spring. You swim or snorkel only in the main pool, not the stream. Canoes can be rented (before noon) for a beautiful trip down the stream, you can also launch your own. Camping at site in very lovely, troppical setting. LAT, LON lat=29.18408, lon=-81.710(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get there: Continue west on RT 40 from RT 19 intersection to sign for Juniper Springs.

CONFIDENCE Mostly highly confident, see above for exceptions.
VERIFIED Mostly, s ee above for exceptions.
DATE UPDATED 2/22/2003



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OLENO S. P.
(OLEN)

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Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS GAINESVILLE, HIGH SPRINGS
LAT, LON lat=29.91533, lon=-82.57933(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Santa Fe River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Very lovely established swimming place in bend in river. Tannic (dark) water, spanish moss overhead, docks to jump from. A short hiking trail follows the river until the entire river goes down into a sink hole and reappears 3 miles away. Alligators live in the sinkhole, adds some excitement to swimming so nearby! Sign says "Swimming area: Do not feed or molest alligators!" Yeah, OK.LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.

Here's a memoir from a long-time O'Leno fan: "When I was a little girl the rangers kept a cage of rattlesnakes near the front of the park. The cage was made of wood, up on legs, and the open part was covered in fine mesh sturdy screen. I can remember not wanting to see them but still begging to stop. There was also a BBQ place right on HWY 441 at the Santa Fe River called Kemp's and they had a BIG bear in a little cage. Looking back it was cruel but at the time I thought it was great. The thing loved Pepsi Colas and you could hold the bottle up to the cage and he'd hold onto it with his paws and drink it right down. Just a little local trivia from 1950's Florida. Hope you enjoy !"
AREAS O'Leno S. P.
SANCTION Offical
FEE Yes
FACILITIES Full park facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming, jumping, canoeing
PHONE (904)454-1853
CAMPING At site, beautiful wooded sites.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, go north on I-75 about 12 mi to High Springs. From High Springs, go north on RT 441 about 6 miles, the park is along the banks of the Santa Fe River.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 9/30/1999



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PEACOCK SPRINGS S. P.
(PEAC)

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Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS LAKE CITY, LIVE OAK, MAYO
LAT, LON lat=30.12865, lon=-83.13646(source: map) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Peacock Springs
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in State Park.

AREAS Peacock Springs S. P.
SANCTION Offical
FEE Yes, about $4.00 per vehicle in 2010.
FACILITIES Full park facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving
PHONE 386-776-2194
CAMPING No camping at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From I-10 exit 283 (near Live Oak) take RT 129/51 southwest through Live Oak then RT 51 southwest then east (left) on 180th street a short way to Peacock SPrings S. P..
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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PONCE DE LEON SPRINGS S. P.
(PONC)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS PANAMA CITY, DE FUNIAK SPRINGS
LAT, LON lat=29.134, lon=-81.3625(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Ponce De Leon Springs
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION Swim in beautiful, clear spring.LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE
AREAS Ponce De Leon Springs S. P.
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Picnic tables, Toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE (850)836-4281
CAMPING None at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS Get off I-10 at the town of Ponce De Leon, take US 90 east. The park is located .5 miles south of US 90 on County Road 181-A.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/13/2001



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RAINBOW SPRINGS S. P.
[2 PLACES]

(RAIN)

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TOWNS OCALA, DUNNELLON
LAT, LON lat=29.10487, lon=-82.43849(source:map) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Rainbow River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Rainbow Springs is a large spring and is the headwater for the Rainbow River. Can swim and snorkel (tube also but only at the campground) in the river. A beautiful park (used to be a private tourist attraction) and well worth a trip to visit this first magnitude spring and the Rainbow River, which is crystal clear over it's entire length. Great hike through the park also. Make sure your vehicle is locked and valuables secured. LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.

(The following information from Mark A. Cook:)"Canoe rentals are now available at the Park (a concession). Photo identification is required. This is at the headspring. Available are canoes that seat up to four people, or single person kayaks. If one rents a canoe, they can paddle downstream past the boundary of the S. P.. Once out of the state park, one can swim and snorkel anywhere in the river. Although there is a private beach immediately below the state park, the river is public domain. It is the land access that is private, open only to residents of the Village of Rainbow Springs [a complex of subdivisions] and their guests. The one thing I would recommend is using caution not to get too close to the bank on the undeveloped side of the river, nor entering the lagoon at the private beach. My reason is that I have seen an 8 foot long alligator there on occasion... I have not seen this gator up at the swimming area at the headspring thankfully."
AREAS Rainbow Springs State Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes. The entrance fee into the park is $1.00 per person and the park is open from 8AM til sundown.
FACILITIES Toilets, Picnic Areas, Snack Bar, Gift Shop, Boat Rental
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling, Tubing (at campground) (no snorkel equipment/tube rentals)
PHONE (352)489-5201
CAMPING Provided, but is a separate entrance off of RT 40, see Rainbow Springs Campground sign on RT 40 before you turn onto RT 41.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From I-75 at Ocala take exit and turn west on RT 40, just stay on RT 40 and about 20 miles west of Ocala (past Rainbow Springs campground entrance) you will come to a T in the road and you will be at the intersection of RT 40 and RT 41. Turn left and head south on RT 41 and then you will see the entrance to Rainbow Springs State Park on your left, this is just a short distance and is well signed, take a left into the park entrance and follow the road east until you come to the RR. At this point you should see the parking areas for the springs on the left. After you park you will see the walkway that goes southward to the pedestrian entrance into the park.

KP HOLE PARK [KPHO] For a county park swimming hole also on the Rainbow River just south on here: Continue south on RT 41 past the State Park entrance and make the ne xt left (turn east) on SW 83rd Place Rd.. Turn right when this road ends at SW 189 Ct. and continue south on SW 190th Ave Rd. and you will soon see the "KP Hole Rainbow River Park" on your left. Address: 9435 SW 190 Ave. Rd., Dunnellon, FL (352) 489-3055. Fee. SEE WEB SITE . MORE WEB INFO AND PHOTOS . LAT, LON: lat=29.08678, lon=-82.43029(source:map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Partially
DATE UPDATED 12/2012



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REDNECK RIVIERA
(REDN)

LINK TO PHOTO AND INFO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS TAMPA, RUSKIN
LAT, LON lat=27.66475, lon=-82.40222(source: Map) (accuracy: Approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Little Manatee River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Long-time local swimming hole with rope swing. One of many swimming places in the South known as "Redneck Riviera". The county is trying to clean this place up with more organized parking and some rules, including no swimming at night. Please cooperate with this effort to keep this place available.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Rope swing
PHONE None
CAMPING No camping at site - camp very nearby at Little Manatee River S. P..
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Tampa, take I-75 south about 25 miles then take exit 240B for RT 674 West toward Ruskin. In about 1.5 miles, turn south (left) onto 24th St SE and continue abuot 3 miles to the river.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 12/2012



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RED REEF PARK
(REDR)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS BOCA RATON
LAT, LON lat=26.36285, lon=-80.06969(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: Approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Atlantic Ocean
TYPE Artifical Reef
DESCRIPTION Not really a swimming hole, but an interesting snorkeling place. A bunch of rocks in the ocean form a reef that attracts lots of fish. Good snorkeling, good visibility, but be careful at low tide waves can knock you against the rocks.LINK TO PARK WEB SITE , GUMBO LIMBO WEB SITE , SURF CONDITIONS AND WEB CAM.
AREAS None
SANCTION Official
FEE The beach itself has expensive parking but Gumbo Limbo Nature Center across the street has free parking (so be sure to visit the nature center first!). See directions below for more details.
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING No camping at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS Red Reef Park beach is in the ocean at Boca Raton. It's on Route A1A alongside the coast) between Glades Ave & Palmetto in Boca Raton. (A1A runs N/S parallel to I-95, Glades & Palmetto are both exits from I-95). Parking for non-locals is $ 8 weekdays and $ 10 weekends at all City-Owned Boca beaches. (There's a $ 2.00 State Beach and a free one also but not conveniently walkable to Red Reef from). Gumbo Limbo is a city-owned Nature Center on the inland side of A1A about 500 feet north of Red Reef. On days when Gumbo Limbo is crowded and the police are monitoring the parking, it would be inadvisable to try to park there. On other days, no one cares.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/29/2001



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ROCK BLUFF SPRINGS
(ROCK)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GAINESVILLE, ALACHUA, BELL
LAT, LON lat=29.7989, lon=-82.9189(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Suwannee River, Rock Bluff Springs
TYPE Springs
DESCRIPTION Canoe .5 miles up Suwannee River to swim in beautiful, clear spring. Depth varies, sometimes quite shallow.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial (shore is private property; go in canoe)
FEE None
FACILITIES None at site, Picnic tables near canoe put-in
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Canoeing
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site, camp nearby at Manatee Springs S. P.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Gainesville, go west on RT 26. Before you get to Fanning Springs, in Trenton, turn north (right) on RT 129. Continue on RT 129 through Bell then go west (left) on RT 340. Shortly, RT 340 crosses the Suwannee River. Put canoe in here and paddle .5 miles north (upstream). The spring is on the east side of the river.
CONFIDENCE Uncertain
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 12/18/2001



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SPIRIT OF THE SUWANEE
(SPIR)

PHOTO
LINK TO INFO AND PHOTOS
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS LAKE CITY, JASPER, LIVE OAK
LAT, LON lat=30.39413, lon=-82.9435(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Suwannee River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Huge privately owned park on the Suwanee River. Often has muscial events. A rope swing and several jumping points. Depending on where you jump or swing from, the drop can be from 10-30 feet. The water is slow moving and deep, and for some reason has a distinctive red color. There are alligators in this river - see Alligator safety cautions. The area is unsupervised and has no posted rules. You can also go camping or canoing here, probably for a different fee. Watch out for water moccasins on the river. Check web site for upcoming music events.
AREAS Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground
SANCTION Official - no lifeguards
FEE Yes, about $5.00 per vehicle in 2010.
FACILITIES Toilet, Changing Room, Picnic Tables, Camp Grounds, Cafe
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Jumping, Rope Swing
PHONE 386-364-1683
CAMPING At site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS Park Entrance: 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, FL 32060-8523. From I-75: Take Exit 451. Head South on 129/51 about 4 miles. Park entrance is on the right. From I-10: Take Exit 283. Head North on 129/51 about 5 miles. Park entrance is on the left. Once in the park: To get to the swimming hole, continue on the main road until it dead ends into a culdesac. (About 1 mile.) Park in the culdesac and walk through the gate. You will see a beach and a big river. You have to swim across the river to reach the jumping points and rope swing. Climb out at the waterfall.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED Yes, 3/2013
DATE UPDATED 3/2013



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VENETIAN POOL
(VENE)

LINK TO PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS MIAMI, CORAL GABLES
LAT, LON lat=25.74572, lon=-80.27383(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Venetian Springs
TYPE Spring/Quarry
DESCRIPTION Prior rock quarry converted in 1923 into beautiful pool with Venetian style architecture. Major restoration in 1989. Is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Operated by City of Coral Gables; entrance fee. PHOTOS AND INFO.
AREAS None
SANCTION Official
FEE $5.00-$8.00 for adults, varies by season.
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE (305)460-5356
WEB http://www.venetianpool.com
CAMPING No camping at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS 2701 DeSoto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED no
DATE UPDATED 9/30/1999



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WACISSA RIVER
(WACI)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS TALLAHASSEE, WACISSA
LAT, LON lat=30.3403, lon=-83.9914(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Wacissa River
TYPE River/Spring
DESCRIPTION This description from a fan, "The water is crystal clear since it is fed by a number of incredible, beautiful springs. Since it's maintained by the County Government pretty much any thing goes and there are no fees or supervision. You can swim, snorkel, fish, boat,scuba dive, whatever. There is a diving platform and a rope swing. Also a boat landing but the water depth is suitable for only small boats, canoes and kayaks. The water temperature is 68 degrees year round. Anyway, this place blows away most of the other places you have listed under Florida as far as accessibility, natural beauty and water quality are concerned."

WEB SITE INFORMATION.

Another fan says:" I have to agree with the description of the Wacissa swimming hole. It is really beautiful and a pretty safe clothing-optional bet if you go after dark on a weekday. In fact, I have been at least a half-dozen times (all but one clothed!) and have only seen a few people. Additionally, if you go after dark, you should obviously bring a flashlight, it is pitch dark."
AREAS Wacissa County Park
SANCTION Official
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Boating
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Tallahassee go east on RT 27 to RT 59. Turn south (right) and continue thru the town of Wacissa. When RT 59 turns west (right turn), continue straight for .25 mile to the river and springs. Plenty of parking and no fees.
CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/10/2005



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WAKULLA SPRINGS S. P.
(WAKU)

LINK TO PHOTO AND INFO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS TALLAHASSEE, WAKULLA
LAT, LON lat=30.2347, lon=-84.3028(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Wakulla Spring
TYPE Spring
DESCRIPTION One of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Tarzan films made here. Great swimming in spring where glass bottom boat takes tourists.LINK TO STATE PARKS WEB SITE.

This note from a recent (3/2003) frequent user:" I used to take my children to Wakulla Springs State Park just outside of Tallahassee to swim at least four times a week. There is a great little sandy beach there, and the water is quite shallow for a good ways out. The water in the springs always stays quite cold, so, unlike Florida's freshwater lakes, there was really no problem with bacteria or other organisms. The water at Wakulla Springs State Park was very clean, and I did not worry about my toddlers doing an occasional face plant in the water."
AREAS Wakulla Springs S. P.
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes
FACILITIES Everything!
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Glass bottom boat tours
PHONE (850)224-5950
CAMPING There is a lodge at the park, no camping there. Camping nearby in Appalachiacola NATIONAL FOREST
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Tallahassee, go south on RT 267 about 14 mi to the interesection with RT 61. Follow signs.
CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/15/2001



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WARM MINERAL SPRINGS
(WARM)

LINK TO PHOTOS AND INFOTO STATE MAP
TOWNS SARASOTA, VENICE, FORT MEYERS, PUNTA GORDA
LAT, LON lat=27.056400, lon=-82.263919(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE FL
WATER Springs
TYPE Sink hole/springs
DESCRIPTION Very developed, commercial, historical warm mineral springs in sink hole. Said to be 87 degrees. Associated residential development. Day use available for fee.
AREAS Warm Mineral Springs
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming, warm soaking in mineral water
PHONE See web site
CAMPING No camping at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS 12200 San Servando Ave., North Port, FL. 34287.

From the South: I-75, Exit 182 (Sumter Blvd.), west to US 41. Turn right on US 41 to Ortiz Blvd. Right on Ortiz Blvd. and take to end.

From the North: I-75, Exit 191 (River Rd.), west to US 41. Turn left on US 41 to Ortiz Blvd. Left on Ortiz Blvd and take to the end.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/10/2008


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