Ginnie Springs, Florida

Ginnie Springs is a privately owned park in Gilchrist County about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) northwest of High Springs, Florida, USA. It is located on the south side of the Santa Fe River, to which it is connected. The water is clear and cold and there are accessible caverns with a sand and limestone bottom.

 

 

 

Today in addition to diving, customers can swim, snorkel, canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard, and tube along the Sante Fe River. Along the river, there are various springs travelers can enter and swim in. This is a source for bottled spring water. Due to the crystal-clear water of the spring, it is easy to view wildlife as well as wreaths underneath.

Ginnie Springs is one of the most popular places in Florida to go river tubing. Tubing the Sante Fe River as part of the Ginnie Springs tube run takes about 1 hour to complete from start to finish. Near the springs the water is 72 degrees Fahrenheit but warmer in the river. Since it is a privately owned spring, there are few restrictions on tubers in the Sante Fe River. Tubers are permitted to use tubes of any size and are also allowed to consume alcohol while tubing. Ginnie Springs is one of the few springs in Florida which allows the consumption of alcohol on the tube run.

Ginnie is also well known for camping. Visitors can make reservations for water and electric campsites. There are 129 water and electric campsites in total, which are located across from the park’s store. A reservation is not needed for primitive campsites, but they are first-come, first-served.

 

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