What to do in Ichetucknee Springs State Park

A series of springs discharging 233 million gallons of water daily gives rise to the clear sparkling headwaters of the Ichetucknee River. The river flows 3.5 miles through the park parcel and another 2.5 miles before joining the Santa Fe River. At one time, Native Indians ruled the river naming it "pond of the beaver." Spanish explorers drove the Indians from the springs thus establishing a mission and gristmill. Today, water sport enthusiasts reign over the clear springs. Tubing is the most popular attraction between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The park does not rent tubes; however, outfitters are found just beyond the park boundaries. Snorkeling enthusiasts, canoeists and picnickers also flock to the 2,241-acre park.

In 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior declared Ichetucknee's headspring a National Natural Landmark. Wildlife thrives along the beautiful crystalline waters where eight major springs discharge millions of gallons each day. Abundant wildlife including river otters thrive along the clean waters as they slice through the lovely shaded hammocks.

This park has experience explosive growth during the last several decades. Research has shown damage occurring as a result. The park now limits 6,000 individuals to pass through its two gates daily and a limited number of tubers on the river at one consecutive time.

Concessions, boardwalks, and bathhouses are available in both the north and south areas. There is also a diver's dock located at Blue Hole Spring, accessible from the northern lot. Three hiking trails offer five miles of path.

In-line skaters and bicyclists enjoy the shuttle road during the off-season, September through May.

Recreation
This high usage park offers visitors picnicking, snorkeling, canoeing, tubing, swimming and nature trails. Presently, the north entrance limits 750 tubers a day; the south entrance is limited to 2,250 a day at Midpoint Launch. Unlimited tubers are permitted at Dampier's Landing.

Location
Ichetucknee Springs State Park offers two entrances. The north entrance is off County Route 238, four miles northwest of Fort White. The southern entrance is located of State Route 27.

Climate
Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Address
Route 2, Box 5355
Fort White, FL 32038

Phone: 386-497-2511

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