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Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park, Live Oak

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Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park is a 733acre Florida State Park located on Peacock Springs Road, two miles (3 km) east of Luraville and on State Road 51, 16mi southwest of Live Oak, Florida. Activities include picnicking, swimming and diving, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are deer, bobcats, raccoon, squirrels, beaver and otters, as well as turkey, blue heron and barred owls. The park name commemorates the work of diver and explorer Wes Skiles. Prior to 2010 the park was known as Peacock Springs State Park. Amenities include a nature trail, six sinkholes, and Peacock and Bonnet Springs, with miles of underwater caves popular with cave divers. The two springs are tributaries of the Suwannee River. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year round.ExpansionIn 2006, The Trust for Public Land purchased approximately 481acre for expansion of the park. This donation more than doubled the size of the park that was previously 252acre.Cave SystemThe Peacock cave system is a karst environment in limestone.
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  • Very cool interpretive trails that follow the cave system. May not be the best place to visit for swimming/snorkeling sometimes the surface water is algae covered.  more »
  • My family and friends with children from ages 9 to 18 went here. There were a lot of divers as this particular springs has lots of caves. However if you are looking for a place to swim there are much ...  more »
  • I received the bulk of my cave diver training at Peacock Springs. It is a great place to learn and dive with incredible views throughout. Unlike Ginnie and other areas this site is not over crowded, e...  more »
  • There are several karst openings in the park. It's very popular with Cave Divers World Wide. We met other divers from the Netherlands and Germany while we were diving. Orange grove is a deceptively beautiful opening- deceptive because it's covered with duck weed. Underneath the weed the water is pristine and crystal clear. Another opening further into the park is called P-1. There is beautiful under water cavern and cave system located there. The opening seems small, but opens into an underworld of beauty. only seen by divers.
  • Beautiful place to swim even without diving equipment.
  • Some of the best, most relaxed cave diving you'll find in FL with 3 main entrances that could easily fill a weekend. Don't forget the nature trail, unless you forgot the bug spray.
  • My husband and I dive and we thoroughly enjoyed this park. I also got to ride my bike around the park and it was beautiful
  • Wonderful Cave diving for those that have the proper training. Some of my first cavern and cave dives were here, and I always love going back.

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