Located just off I-10 at exit 96 in Ponce de Leon, Florida is a sparkling spring that offers a refreshing place to swim for visitors. Ponce de Leon Springs stay about 68 degrees Fahrenheit year round and remains crystal clear for snorkeling! Get to swim, dive and explore the underwater nature of fish and plants up close within this beautiful spring.
History of Ponce de Leon Springs
The springs have been an important resource to people of Northwest Florida for years. Native Americans and settlers used the water from the springs for living and enjoyment. In the 1920s the spring was opened as a park by a private family known as the Smithgall’s. Visitors would stop by to take a dip in the springs on hot summer days in the Florida heat.
The park was later turned into a state park and now is available for the public to enjoy its extraordinary waters and hiking trails.
Activities at the Park
Whether you enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters of a natural spring or hiking down forest trails this park features many amenities. With picnic pavilions, snorkeling, fishing (with license) and birding as recreational opportunities.
This park makes for a great stop on a warm summer day. With plenty of places to cool off either in the spring or the river, taking a hike through the woods or enjoying a relaxing afternoon under one of the covered pavilions while grilling up some food makes for an exciting day!
Visiting the Park
The park is open year round for swimming and hiking, 365 days. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. CST and closes at sunset.
Entrance to the park is free to annual pass holders. Vehicles are $4 per car load of up to 8 people or $2.00 per person individually. For current admission rates and park hours visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ponce-de-leon-springs-state-park/hours-fees.
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