Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County is located in Northeast bordering Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Lafayette, Levy and Suwannee Counties. 

Gilchrist County was established in 1925 named for Albert W. Gilchrist who was the Governor of Florida. 

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Population - 2000
14,437
Population - 2010
16,939
Population - 2015 Est
16,839
Land Area (sq mi)
350
Water Area (sq mi)
6
Total Area (sq mi)
355

Fanning Springs State Park is located along the Suwannee River and has crystal clear waters with a temperature of 72 degrees year-round; perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Along the beautiful blue waters, the park offers options for grilling and picnicking around the live oaks and a boardwalk leading you to a cypress swamp. The boardwalk also gives an amazing overlook of the Suwannee River and its amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. In the winter months it is common to see manatees swimming up towards the warmer waters and during summer months you can see musk turtles, bass mullet, freshwater flounder, and bowfin. Fanning Springs State Park is perfect for a day with family and friends to enjoy water activities and natural Florida sight-seeing throughout the entire park.

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is a collection of natural springs that produce about 44 million gallons of water per day. The spring is called the Gilchrist Blue because of its clear, gorgeous blue waters. The main spring is known for its wildlife including turtles, fish, and invertebrates. Water activities such as paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling are all common at the spring head and spring run. Other activities at the park include hiking, nature trails, and picnicking. Pavilions are available that offer a food concession stand and beverage service. Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is ideal for a day surrounded by nature and beautiful waters with the whole family. 

Gilchrist is a small school district located in a rural part of Florida. Approximately 2700 students attend Gilchrist Public Schools. The schools in this district offer comprehensive programs geared toward preparing students for life after graduation. Most recently, Gilchrist Public Schools were featured on MSN for being rated as the Best School District in Florida by Start Class after analyzing each school’s academic performance and satisfaction scores.

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This is the ideal County for those who love to take a dip in the clear blue waters of Florida's pristine springs. Whether it be tubing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or just wading in the shallows to see what you can catch a glimpse of, Gilchrist County goes overboard with its collection of natural springs. Team Sports are also a great draw at the youth level, so check out a few of the activities to keep your child out and about all year long. 

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