Florida's Springs

Florida has more springs than any other state with about 1000 known springs ranging in size from very small (trickling springs) to 1st magnitude springs that produce hundreds of millions of gallons of water per day. Florida’s springs are located all across the state thanks to the Floridan aquifer, the underground water source for Florida.

What makes Florida’ springs so remarkable is that they serve as hotspots for biological diversity and provide shelter for some of the rarest, most exotic plants and animals, thus why local governments and the state of Florida are doing all they can to preserve these geographical beauties. 

 

A true Florida gem, Falling Creek Falls features a 10-foot waterfall and flows under Falling Creek Road through a deep ravine before going underground. The park is a featured recreation site with picnic tables, a boardwalk to the falls, and a historic building. Visitors may enjoy hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.

Devil's Den is a prehistoric spring that has previously uncovered many ancient fossils from the Pleistocene epoch. Many of these Fossils can now be found at the University of Florida's Museum of Natural History. After the owners bought the place in 1993, they turned this cavern into one of Florida's most popular sites for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors can spend the night by lodging in one of the many comfortable cabins or by setting up a tent on property grounds. There are also designated areas for those who wish to bring their RV's. 

Devil's Den

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.

Ginnie Springs from above

Juniper Springs Recreation area is a part of the Ocala National Forest. The sparkling springs that reside here are a beautiful crystal clear blue and the perfect temperature for swimming. Along with the springs there is a campground for visitors who wish to stay a few days and nature trails that can be used to walk or hike. 

Juniper Springs

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