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
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Ginnie Springs is a beautiful area to relax in, with its sparkling blue pools of water and canopy of greenery from the trees. With swimming, tubing, kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes, there's not much you can't do in these blue waters. There's also camping available to those who would like to stay a few days and there's often other types of events that go on throughout the year, like the Ginnie Brew Fest in October.

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