Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Fort White
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We were the first ones on the river in the morning and for the next three hours we only saw one other Kayaker. The spring is clear cold and full of life, it was an amazing paddle. Be sure to snorkel t... read more »
We spent the day kayaking at Ichetucknee Springs. It took about two hours to go from the North entrance to the South entrance. We were the only ones on the river. It was beautiful and we saw many turt... read more »
Spent a Saturday afternoon in the end of September kayaking from the north entrance of Ichetucknee Springs State Park to the south entrance. Rented from Paddling Adventures at the North entrance. We w... read more »
My husband and I tubed down the river two weekends ago and it was such a great summer get away! The park is very clean, well-maintained, and super accessible. We stayed in Ichetucknee Springs Campground and had a very short drive to the North Entrance in the morning. We were lucky that someone at the campground told us to head to the North entrance early (before 8 a.m.) because we had no idea about the daily cap from that entrance. It was so worth it. Honestly, tubing from the midpoint on was significantly less enjoyable due to the crowd; the first part of our trip down the river was peaceful and the water and surrounding area are much prettier than the area after the midpoint. We got back to our car easily and quickly via the shuttle and then enjoyed swimming in the Blue Hole and the Head Spring; although I wish we had done this earlier to beat some of the crowd. Asked a park ranger for suggestions on where to eat and ended up having a delicious dinner at Celebrity's Soul Kitchen down the road - fantastic southern comfort food and even better service! Overall, a great weekend away!
Beautiful, went on a rainy day and it was still crowded. Couldn't imagine a sunny day. Blue hole was spectacular and so was the head spring make sure you check them out. Recommend waterahoes, goggles, snorkle, and maybe a pool noodle.
Sandy Auriene Sullivan
One of the best springs and state parks in the state. If you think that beautiful blue clear water is only available on the islands or far south Florida or Gulf? Think again! This state park has two main entrances. North and South. North entrance has the cave diving, licensed only and seasonal. Also a natural made pool that looks like something from the GB Reef to snorkel. Manatees during the off season are seen every time we go. Tho otters have yet to be seen, they must hide out. From the N. Entrance you can also get kayak rentals that will pick you up from the S. Entrances drop off point - the end of the run area and drive you back to your vehicle. South entrance, bring a rented or already owned inter-tube or inflatable small boat; something to waterproof hold phone/car keys, snorkel and mask. This is the 'run' portion of the spring and can be quite busy during summer months. Water stays a constant 73 degrees year round [kayak from North Entrance seasonal too best in winter!] it moves approx 1mph so you can snorkel the entire run, increasing the chance of seeing otters and manatee anytime of the year. Fresh water 'sea like' grasses can make the water appear dark in spots but that's manatee food. Turtles everywhere all year round. This is one place for family of all ages and all swimming levels.
Love the renovations they did. Much less logs to run into until the end! Then I got impaled lol The line is always long so get there as early as you can. Waited an hour to get in as they have to limit how many ppl there are so expect to wait! The park Rangers were very kind, understanding and helpful. They were nice enough to walk out to the road and explain the waiting process. The water was warmer than expected but it was over 100 degrees out. Charging 5 bucks a person to ride the trolly is ridiculous. We also were not informed you have to purchase your trolly tickets before in the gift shop.However, if you're disabled they will take you back for free so no worries if you can't walk back and you're stuck.
DO NOT... do not ...dooooo nooottttt go here during late summer! This spring is so packed tht they close the gates around 1pm and to even go tubing its like a 3 hour wait to get inside and tht was at 10:30am. Once we finally got in my boyfriend and I waited on our friends to come but they couldn't because they closed both entrances.😡😖😖so we only stayed 1 hour to swim. Also there is absolutely no cell phone signal there so theres no way to get in contact with someone. Although the spring was nice it would definitely be wise to go another time or go to a less crowded spring.
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