Ichetucknee State Park is home to the pristine Ichetucknee River, a crystalline natural waterway which flows six miles through shaded hammocks and floodplain forests.
The upper 3.5 mile stretch of the river is protected in the state park and contains eight major springs.
AT ONLY SIX DOLLARS TO GET INTO THE PARK AND CAMPSITES STARTING AT $25 WITH WATER AND ELECTRIC THIS IS TRULY AN INEXPENSIVE VACATION.
OUTSIDE THE PARK YOU WILL ALSO FIND CHEAP CABIN AND HOTEL DEALS.
THE AIRBNB LINKS I HAVE ADDED HAS SOME AMAZING VACATION DEALS AS WELL.
Although well-known for its warm weather tubing, the 2,669-acre Ichetucknee Springs State Park is also a wildlife haven, where beaver, otter, gar, softshell turtle, wild turkey, wood duck, and limpkin all find a home.
Three nature trails also guide visitors through the lush park forest or through a majestic sandhill environment with towering longleaf pines.
According to a report issued in 2001 by the Florida Geological Survey, the Sunshine State has at least 700 springs.
That makes Florida home to more freshwater springs than can be found anywhere else in the world. Altogether, more than 8 billion gallons of fresh water bubble out of those springs every day.
Florida has 12 state parks named for these remarkable geological formations, including Blue Spring in Volusia County, Wekiwa Springs in Seminole County and Silver Springs in Marion County.
Visiting a spring during the hot summer months can be a really “cool” thing to do. No matter what the temperature outside, the water in one of Florida’s hundreds of freshwater springs is never hotter than 75 degrees. Most spring water ranges from a refreshing 68 degrees to 72 degrees year-round.
Floating down the river in a tube, raft, canoe or kayak is the premiere event of the summer season at Ichetucknee.
You can rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the river, make friends with river otters, manatees and more.
It is inhabited by a wonderful variety of water birds as well as other species.
Sites are either primitive or electric, and are large and secluded. There is a nearby rec center with a game room, air hockey and other fun activities, making Ichetucknee the ideal family campground.
While nearly all Florida springs have something unique and special that sets them apart, Ichetucknee has the complete package of wildlife, cleanliness, crystal clear turquoise water, rentals and ease of transportation.
The shuttle service makes going for a second trip down the river an effortless option. On chilly nights, management will deliver bundles of wood to your camp for a $5.00 Fee.
Not Into Camping
AMAZING DISCOVERIES AROUND EVERY CORNER
Manatees in the Ichetucknee River in Florida
Swim through a clear Florida river with friendly sea cows. Generally solitary animals, they are also known to be curious and will approach boats. That’s why the US state enforces special speed zones for watercraft, particularly as the manatees are on the move to warmer areas to spend their winter.
While manatees have no known natural predators, they remain a vulnerable species due to loss of habitat and collisions with boats.
Most Florida manatees live in shallow and marshy coastal areas where they feed on sea grass, mangrove leaves, and algae. The ocean’s largest herbivore, ‘sea cows’ nosh on greenery for almost half the day. And what could be better than a nap after all that munching?
Manatees will often sleep underwater for the other half of the day, coming to the surface for air for 20-minute intervals and grazing for food again in shallow waters. While they may not look it, manatees are actually pretty smart. They’ve been known to learn basic tasks, recognise people, and differentiate colours.
RESTAURANTS NEAR ICHETUCKNEE SPRINGS STATE PARK
HAVE FUN IN THE SUN AND THESE CRYSTAL BLUE WATERS