National Parks / Natural World
Ichetucknee Springs State Park Fort White
Where is it at?
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW US Hwy 27
Tel: 386 497-4690
Where are we going today?
Ichetucknee Springs State Park might be difficult to pronounce, but it certainly isn't difficult to enjoy!
This amazing part of nature in Florida surrounds the crystalline Ichetucknee River! The river, of course, means there is swimming and tubing available for those active kids...just to add to the collection of fun that can be had!
The river is perfect from May until early September, and is one of the best spots in the area to enjoy it! In addition to tubing and swimming, there is a host of other water activities that you can get up to as a family! How about snorkeling and trying to see how much wildlife you can spot? How about grabbing a canoe or a kayak and relaxing on the waters as you cruise down looking for wildlife?
Want to hear something even more exciting! If you are cave certified for diving, from October to March you can dive in the Blue Hole! Sounds pretty awesome!
The wildlife in Ichetucknee Springs State Park is just as awesome Try and spot raccoons, white-tailed deer, wood ducks, wild turkeys, and even great blue heron - they can all be seen from the river!
Really make a day out it out in this beautiful Florida state park! There are picnic areas fully equipped with grills and tales, where you can bring you own lunch and enjoy it in the shade (perhaps the kids want to have a go at making the sandwiches!)
The snorkeling, tubes and diving equipment can be rented from private vendors outside of the park, but of course you can bring your own too!
Don't forget those hats and sunscreen - it's Florida remember, and you will certainly want to be enjoying that sun!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$6 per vehicle (2 to 8 ppl), $4 single occupant and river use $5 - $6
- ChildrenSame as adult
- Free Under: 5 years for river use.
When can we go?
8am until sundown.
All year round. The Take Out Gate is shut Memorial Day to Labor Day
The Visitors Center is a great place to learn all about the ecology and geology of the area. .
There is a full service concession with food and refreshments from Memorial Day to Labor Day. .
There are plenty of picnic areas so you can bring your own healthy lunch and enjoy it at one of the tables and use the grills.
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget your hat and sunscreen! .
Doing our bit
Parks and Recreation really want to look after the park and all that call it home, so make sure you help them out and don't leave anything behind when you leave! .
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to see how accessible the trails are for those with special needs. .
The river is available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. There are numbers limits. .
What people are saying?
by Michele Engle
Everything I expected it to be & more. Drove over 3 hours to get there, well worth it. Brought my 2 daughters, one 5 yrs old, the other 18. We all loved it. Beautiful & relaxing. Make sure to bring your shoes with you for the walk back.
by Beverly Canedo
Cold, clear, magical, above and below the surface. There are limbs along the way that hang out over the river to jump from into the crystal clear water below. Bromeliads grow from the trees above, along with ferns of many varieties. Bring a mask and snorkel or buy a cheap one there at a stand outside the park. No food or drinks can be brought on the river and this rule is enforced by park rangers at the put in. It's a Lazy float and on busy weekends the kayaks, canoes and paddle boards must maneuver around tubing floaters. Tubing is the...Read More
by Len King
Loved it for its kyacking. Great wildlife, aquatic folage, as well as water quality. Springs looked ok too. We put in at the park and floated downriver to the edge of the park and was picked up by a local shuttle service. Only thing that looked so so was all the tubing. Although not bad when we were there in Jan. in warmer weather it looks like it might be packed. Don't think you run into them until half way to the takeout.
by Krystal M
Great clean park. Friendly Staff. Water is amazing. There's a park for the kids to play also.
by Ran Moss
Great park, Clear waters just a beautiful place. Have to get in or on the water!!!!
by Beverly Canedo
Cold, clear, magical, above and below the surface. There are limbs along the way that hang out over the river to jump from into the crystal clear water below. Bromeliads grow from the trees above, along with ferns of many varieties. Bring a mask and snorkel or buy a cheap one there at a stand outside the park. No food or drinks can be brought on the river and this rule is enforced by park rangers at the put in. It's a Lazy float and on busy weekends the kayaks, canoes and paddle boards must maneuver around tubing floaters. Tubing is the best way to enjoy the Icheetucknee! The best spring ever!