Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Fort White

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Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a 2241acre Florida State Park and National Natural Landmark located 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Fort White off State Road 47 and State Road 238. It centers around the 6-mile-long (10 km) Ichetucknee River, which flows through shaded hammocks and wetlands into the Santa Fe River. The park contains hardwood hammock and limestone outcrops. Like many rivers in this part of North Florida, the Ichetucknee is fed by natural springs which boil up (in various holes) from the aquifer. The state of Florida purchased the property in 1970 from the Loncala Phosphate Corporation for $1,850,000.FaunaPark wildlife includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons. There are also fish and reptiles: i.e. turtles, water snakes, American alligators, North American river otters, West Indian manatees in the winter months, crayfish, bream, bluegill, largemouth bass, alligator gar, mullet, catfish, and several types of minnows.
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  • Best time to go !!!! At this time of year there is literally no one around, the only down fall the water is cold but a wet suit will help. The Park has trails to hike, and the parking is Free.  more »
  • This was our third time on the Ichetucknee on kayaks. It is a beautiful paddle on crystal clear waters. Saw lots of birds and turtles along the way and even a couple of manatees. My very first visit t...  more »
  • We took the canoeing trip there, you’ll meed to enter from north entrance for that! The place could have not been more interesting. With clear peaceful water and birds and all the fish you could see.....  more »
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  • This park is absolutely stunning! Beautiful place to spend the day with family and kids. Trails are nicely kept. Water is clear and clean. Restrooms were tidy and clean. No way to explain it. One of my favorite springs now!
  • Absolutely beautiful! It's a romantic get away, an adventure hunt, a motor cycle bike distention! Weddings planned here would be a dream come true. Be prepared though, because this is a place for those who can hike and walk for long periods of time. (That's how you get the most out of the experience) of course you can go if your not able to walk/hike that long. It has beautiful sighting everywhere! There is a lake and like any lakes you can fish etc. Your able to camp. (At your own risk) by the lake or deep in the forest. The help center is available and the stuff is ready to assist you with open minds and kindness. Please, take your lover, your kids, you're grandparents, anyone for a beautiful heart felt experience. Those who love to mediate and practice yoga, you will find your peace here! Remember, wear your hiking boots! 😉
  • This is my second trip to the springs, and both times have been very peaceful, but there's actually quite a lot to see and do. If you're a strong enough swimmer, there's the BEAUTIFUL underground cave, or you can enjoy MILES of nature trails off even just pay minimal rent on an inflatable device and float down the main river for minutes or hours, surrounded by nature. The water can be a little chilly, but it's crystal clear straight to the bottom, no matter the depth. The wildlife is spectacular and the price is negligible.
  • They only take cash for the river tubing so make sure you bring cash. I didn't know that beforehand but luckily I had enough cash on me. We were enjoying the tubing until half way through it started raining and there was no where to get off for a long way. I was super thankful that it was not lightning during that time. My kids did not enjoy it because of the rain but I hope to try it again another day and hopefully have better luck next time.
  • Beautiful spring with great staff Very helpful very eager to make our experience better. The devil's eye is a great place to swim as well as ready to head Spring. Water is generally mild around 72゚ Year round. One of the best parts of the state park is that you have the ability to kayak or to be entire river and then catch a shadow at the South end of the park back to the North end very convenient
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