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Madison Blue Springs State Park

8300 N.E. S.R. 6, Lee, Florida 32059 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“one of Florida´s newest state parks”

Located in one of Florida´s newest state parks, this crystal clear, first magnitude spring is a popular spot for swimming. About 82 feet wide and 25 feet deep, the spring bubbles up into a limestone basin along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. Scenic woodlands of mixed hardwoods and pines create a picturesque setting for picnicking, paddling, and wildlife viewing. Madison Blue Spring is approximately ten (10) miles east of Madison on the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. From Madison, drive east on State Road 6 to the Withlacoochee River. Turn south on the west side of the bridge at the park sign. The entrance to the spring is 525 feet south of the highway. If you're looking to get away from the crowded beaches in Florida, the hidden swimming hole at Madison Blue Springs State Park is the spot for you! It's tucked away in a shady forest, along the banks of the Withlacoochee River, making it the perfect place to cool off on a steamy Florida afternoon. It's one of the states' newest state parks, having been established in 2000. The park itself has picnic tables, bathrooms and even a shower that swimmers can use to hose off after a nice dip in the spring. They've even got a dock that you can jump off of-- cannonball! It also makes for amazing scuba diving-- you can. The limestone basin is 82 feet long, 25 feet deep, and totally filled with refreshing, crystal clear spring water. In fact, it's bottled-water-level refreshing; Nestle uses water from nearby springs on adjoining land for its bottled water brands. The water comes from a first-magnitude spring, which means it discharges at least 2800 liters of fresh H2O every second-- and it always stays around 72 degrees all year round!

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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August 26, 2014
Rated 4.0

Perfect way to spend an afternoon! They've got picnic tables, restrooms and showers so you really can make a day of it. Plus, check out that water! It's literally bottled-water fresh-- Nestle uses it for some of their bottled water brands :)

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Reviewed by
zxcvbnm6786

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

Stunningly clear water, although quite chilly. A beautiful place at which to spend time. A must for anyone traveling near here!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jessica

  • 6 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 10, 2014

WATER IS FRIGID, so intensely gorgeous it's like something out of a fairy tale! It's a fun place to adventure to!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kamarangay

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 25, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful and well worth the $5 entrance fee per car. The spring flows out into the river so it looks like a nice place to stop with kids to get out into the water.

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Reviewed by
cwhite22

  • 13 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
May 27, 2017
Rated 5.0

This place is stunning! Yes it chilly but not to cold. It's refreshing. Recommend bringing lawn chairs if you want to sit by the water! Nice trails as well.

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Ryals

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September 08, 2016
Rated 5.0

Any RV camp grounds near?

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Reviewed by
liz.richards.169

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

Definitely visit here if you live nearby. The water is so clear that you can see the small fish swimming 25 feet down. There is also a snack cart in the park that sells shaved ice, boiled peanuts and other tasty treats. Definitely worth the 5 dollar (2.50 for military) entrance fee!!

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Madison Blue Springs State Park

8300 N.E. S.R. 6
Lee, Florida
32059 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Yes Parking

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