Explore Madison Blue Spring State Park

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • January 17, 2022
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Madison Blue Spring State Park is one of Florida’s newest state parks and it is an hour and a half away in Lee, Florida! It features a crystal clear magnitude spring which is popular for swimming and scuba diving. It is about 82 feet wide and 25 feet deep. The spring bubbles up into a limestone basin along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. You’ll be viewing scenic woodlands to enjoy by walking, swimming or biking. In 2015 it was named the best swimming hole in America!

Florida is home to many beautiful springs, Madison Blue Spring State Park being one. They are abundant due to underlying layers of limestone and dolomite that are easily dissolved by rainwater which seeps into the ground.

Pets are allowed in certain areas and there are places to camp as well. The park is only $5 per vehicle. It is $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers. The park is open 365 days a year sunrise to sundown. Check their website for current updates and closures.

 

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 Things to Pack

  • Bug spray
  • A cooler with ice, sandwiches, beer & water
  • Snacks and some trail mix
  • Sun screen
  • A hammock (if you plan on staying for a while)
  • A headlamp for exploring the cave
  • Picnic supplies
  • Flashlight if you get caught out on the trails after dark
  • Closed toed hiking shoes or running shoes (NOT WHITE)
  • Change of clothes for after the hike
  • Back Pack
  • A pocket map / compass
  • Sunglasses
  • Plenty of water
  • Camera(you will want to document this park)
  • Toilet Paper (just in case.....) 

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