Episode 67 – Where to Find Florida Springs part 1

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This week we are taking you all over Florida to explore the springs. Our springs are all unique in different ways. You will find different wildlife, trails, and activities at each place. The exploration possibilities are endless.

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Cave Diving in the Cross Under Tunnel at Madison Blue Spring State Park, Madison County, Florida Springs

Product and Locations Mentions

  1. Madison Blue Spring State Park, Lee is 70 miles E of Tallahassee, FL on the Withlacoochee River. You will find a swimming hole in the spring that is 25 feet deep and nearly 82 feet wide. You can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive. Catfish, turtles, and sunfish are just a few of the aquatic creatures who might greet you. If you’re an experienced diver, head to the underwater caves where you’ll see even more amazing aquatic life up close. You must be cave certified to do this. It was voted the No. 1 swimming hole in the country by USA Today. You can also go tubing. You can bring your own or rent tubes.
  2. Ginnie Springs /HighSprings where you can tube the Santa Fe River. Masks, fins, and snorkels can be rented. The river may reward you with glimpses of large gar, bass, mullet, catfish, turtles and many other critters. You will also find cave diving.
  3. Ichetucknee Springs State Park Fort White The amazing part of this place is it is fed by 9 springs. The view is incredible with turquoise water. There are rentals and plenty of recreation areas in this park. The river flows six miles through shaded hammocks and floodplain forests. The upper 3.5 mile stretch of the river is protected in the state park 
  4. Salt Springs Ocala National Forest In addition to camping, hiking, swimming & various recreational water activities, the main attraction is the ancient subterranean springs which flow year-round at a constant temperature of 72 degrees, and pump approximately 53 million gallons of crystal clear water per day.  The park & areas adjacent to the springs are bordered on three sides by an observation walkway that frames the pool in an open-ended rectangle roughly 90 by 20 feet. The pool contains clear, blue, salty-tasting water that, as a result of water rising to the surface through ancient salt deposits, contains a variety of minerals & rare trace elements which give it a mild salt taste.  The depth of the pool ranges from 2 to 5 feet, but is up to 20 feet deep at the spring vents/pits that are scattered in the enclosed end of the pool area. 
  5. Warm Mineral Springs  in North Port is unique because 85 degrees year round. It is rumored to have one of the highest mineral contents of any natural spring in the United States. There is evidence of prehistoric man, saber-toothed tigers and giant sloths have been discovered here
  6. Wakulla Springs are the deepest freshwater spring

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