Check out the new state park with crystal blue springs

Blue Springs Park

Nature, snorkeling and camping are some of the many things to enjoy Blue Springs State Park -- Florida’s newest state park in Gilchrist County.

Florida bought the 407-acre park at High Springs in 2017 for $5.2 million dollars.

Since then, the park opened a campground with 25 campsites and 17 RV hookups.

“Well first we’re looking for the best of the best, and this is certainly a jewel in North Florida,” says Noel Valenstein, secretary for Florida Environmental Protection. “Families from Gainesville and surrounding cities have enjoyed this park for generations and we want to make sure that continues for generations.”

This is the 175th state park in Florida, but residents say what separates it from the rest are the blue springs, where it circulates around 45 million gallons of water per day.

When the park was up for sale in 2013, some investors wanted to bulldoze the park and make it residential.

“We were approached immediately by developers within the first month with checks that were written, and passed them across the table—but we knew that wasn’t the right thing, this is the right thing,” says Kim Davis, former owner of Blue Springs Park.

In celebration of the grand re-opening, the park is open tomorrow from 8am to sundown and admission is free

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