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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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  • A little slice of wilderness, and like so many Florida Parks, an amazing experience. I have been coming here to cave dive for more than 20 years, and still find it facinating. The hiking trails are to...  more »
  • Beautiful crystal clear water and miles of hiking trails, this hidden gem is more frequently known to scuba divers, but hikers, bird watchers, and anyone who just wants to get outdoors can enjoy this ...  more »
  • The Wes Skiles State Park is one of the most popular cave diving sites in the N Florida and where Sheck Exley made a number of pioneering dives. There is a plaque to Sheck by the entrance to Peacock 1...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great low-flow cave diving, although the mosquitoes were brutal.
  • Great place for cave diving, and nice hiking trail
  • Love this place, would love it even more if they had a real bathroom
  • Super clear water. Deserted mostly