Out & About Bardell -Blue Springs
Refreshing 72 degree waters of Blue Spring greet visitors at this gem along the St. Johns River.
Conservation measures can produce astounding results. In 1970, two years before Blue Spring State Park was established, researchers tracked 14 manatees in the spring run. By 2005, after years of park improvements and manatee protection efforts, wintering manatee numbers exceeded 200 and by 2018, that number skyrocketed to a record 485.
Besides “sea cows,” fish abound in the spring run, and these attract a variety of wading birds, ospreys, eagles and kingfishers. To see the park’s wonders, visitors can hike along the spring run or on the 4.5-mile Pine Island Trail. Visitors can also launch a canoe or kayak (rentals are available at the park) or take a guided river boat cruise.
The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop on the left side of the concession building is found just off the boardwalk. It is in the heart of the park and will be where you’ll stop off to rent equipment and purchase the perfect gift for that manatee-lover in your life.
The Camp Store
The Camp Store on the right side of the concession building found just off the boardwalk will be where you’ll stop off to purchase food and drinks.They have plenty of picnic tables and even a gazebo for your dining pleasure
Make sure to top off your visit to Blue Springs State Park by cruising the crystal clear spring water in one of our inner tubes or snorkeling gear.Rent an inner tube and slowly drift down the tree-lined spring run from the boil, or if you really want an up-close view of the fish and turtles that call the spring their home, rent a mask, snorkel, and fins and dive right on in. Also be sure to store your valuables in one of our many lockers right inside of our cozy gift shop.
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