City of High Springs, Florida

One of the earliest english-speaking settlements in the area was called Crockett Springs, located about three miles east of present day High Springs. Communities began to separate as the different phosphate mines gained popularity. The local post office changed its name from Orion to High Springs in 1888, and the town was officially incorporated in 1892.

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 Blue Springs State Park

There is plenty of things to keep you entertained at O'Leno State Park. Some of its amenities include campfire circles, kayak launches, an amphitheater, museum, and playground. There are a few trails to go hiking or biking on as well, and if you would like to experience all of the fun at O'Leno, you can spend the night on the campgrounds! The park is filled with breathtaking views and wildlife, containing eighteen natural communities, which makes it one of the most diverse state parks in all of Florida.

O'Leno State Park

What better way to cool off on a hot day than by stopping by Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park!  Some of the onsite springs include Gilchrist Blue, Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring, and Johnson Spring. The main spring is known for it's support of wildlife. However, the springs aren't all the park has to offer, Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park offers paddling, snorkeling, and swimming. 

Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park