The beautiful and majestic Ichetucknee River flows over six miles from its headsprings-aptly named Blue Hole-to the rushing waters of the Santa Fe River. A local area summer must do adventure, tubing and snorkels fill the waters from early May until late September in these north Florida waters.
Ichetucknee Springs State park is located just a few miles northwest of Fort White, Florida, off of SR 47 and 238. Easy access from I-75 is available from exit 399. Take US 441 north to High Springs, then get on US 27 north to Fort White and follow the signs to the southern park entrance.
Canoeing and kayaking are one of the more popular year round sports in the park. During summer months, there is an in park concession that shuttles paddlers to and from the headsprings to the southern exit. This two hour plus one way ride is about as beautiful as it gets. Crystal clear 72 degree water lets you enjoy an underwater view like no other.
While tubes and other swimming/snorkeling equipment can’t be rented within the park, a concession stand at the southern end of the park carries food, drinks and snacks for the hungry and thirsty traveler at the end of their journey.
Cave diving is a special treat here, but only for those who have certified cave diving experience. October through March is the designated dive months for Blue Hole. Snorkeling and swimming over the caves and springs are permitted every day of the year from 8 am until sundown. Strong swimmers are a must as the water is deep and the currents are strong.
Even if water sports aren’t your thing, plenty of dry excitement awaits you at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Three unique hiking trails offer a natural Florida you may have never seen before. The Blue Hole trail is the most popular half-mile hike that meanders through the cypress flood plain and around the largest spring in the park, Blue Hole.
Pets are permitted throughout most of the park, as long as they are on a 6-foot leash and well behaved. However pets are not permitted on the trails or in the springs and river. Check out more about pets at Ichetucknee Springs State Park by visiting the official website here.