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Visit Ginnie Springs Florida

Visit Ginnie Springs Florida

Ginnie Springs: Ginnie Springs is a privately owned park in Gilchrist County about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) northwest of High Springs, Florida, USA. It is located on the south side of the Santa Fe River, to which it is connected. The water is clear and cold and there are accessible caverns with a sand and limestone bottom.

Ginnie Springs is a popular destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing and camping. There is an onsite dive shop offering PADI scuba diving training. This is a source for bottled spring water. Nestle was granted permission to take over 1.1 million gallons daily from the aquifer that feeds Ginnie and other nearby springs. This has sparked a global outcry.

Ginnie Springs
Visit Ginnie Springs Florida

Daily admission fees are $14.02 per adult, and $3.73 for children 6-12 years old (plus tax).

6 answers. No alligators or eels at Ginnie Springs. To many people. Alligators for the most part stay away from humans.

Water clarity it great and the springs are 72 degrees.

Ginnie Springs Camping

All water and electric sites have a picnic table and grill. There are no sewer hook-ups on the site, but a dump station is available for campers to use. There are 129 water and electric campsites right across from the park’s store. These sites may be reserved and reservations are recommended to ensure you will have a site. None of the water and electric sites are located by the river.

In addition to world-class SCUBA diving, Ginnie Springs Outdoors offers an array of water activities. Take a dip and explore the wonders of our seven springs. Swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear 72-degree water is fun year-round. Masks, fins, and snorkels can be rented at the Ginnie Springs Store. When the Santa Fe River clears (typically in the summer and early fall), snorkeling in the river may reward you with glimpses of large gar, bass, mullet, catfish, turtles, and many other critters. If you venture out in the river in snorkel gear, be sure to take a diver’s flag and float along. The Santa Fe is a navigable waterway, and state law dictates that you have a flag and float with you at all times. If you don’t have your own flag, you can rent one.
What could be more relaxing than tubing lazily down the Santa Fe River? Most people enter the water at the Devil’s Spring with a tube or raft and spend an hour or so floating down the River to the tube take-out at Twin Spring. The walk back to the Ginnie parking lot takes about 15 minutes on the tubing trail. You can rent tubes at the country store or bring your own tubes and rafts. There is a free air station for filling tubes and rafts.

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Take a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard out on the Santa Fe River. There is no better way to get in touch with nature. You can bring your own canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard. No worries if you don’t have one, we’ve got you covered with a rental. Be sure to paddle upstream when you begin your paddling trip as there is no pick-up service available.

Some great local businesses near our facility are:

Great Outdoors Restaurant
The Talented Cookie
River Run Olive Oil Company
Lanza Art Gallery
North Florida Springs Environmental Center
Buffalo Girl Soaps
Bird’s Nest

There are few places in the world I’ve visited as frequently as Ginnie Springs, Florida, a private campground on the Santa Fe River near High Springs. For almost 20 years, we’ve loaded up dozens of family, friends, tents, rafts, and coolers full of food for grilling to hang out around bonfires and seven crystal clear springs.
There’s something so special about unplugging from the world to spend a few days just hanging out in the woods. It’s a tradition we accidentally started about 20 years ago and since our first visit we promised we’d come back every year — no matter where we were in the world.

Ginnie Springs Hours

Our first time camping in Florida we were hilariously over-prepared. I remember our mom packed just about EVERYTHING in the house for a 2-day stay in the woods. Now, being a lot more experienced, we’ve perfected our packing list. I could go on and on about why we love camping in Florida at Ginnie Springs, and I have before.
Ginnie Springs is known as one of the world’s best swimming holes, and these photos will inspire you to see for yourself.

Fun Facts About Ginnie Springs

  • Ginnie Springs sits on 250 acres of wooded land right on the Santa Fe River.
  • The springs remain a constant 72 degrees year-round.
  • The unique underwater cave system and crystal clear springs make Ginnie the world’s favorite freshwater dive. Jacques Cousteau dove here in 1974!

Ginnie Outdoors is open year-round, so you can take advantage of Central Florida’s balmy weather almost any time of year. We usually visit in early May so it’s not yet boiling hot during the day, nights can be pleasantly cool and the crowds haven’t gotten too bad. I’ve camped in January as well, but it rained the whole time and was very chilly. Where May through September is almost guaranteed to be in the 90s, winter is a bit of a guessing game in Florida. It can be 90 or 30 degrees (F) from one day to the next – so stick to more temperate spring or fall months if the weather is a concern.

The best time to visit Ginnie for a taste of the great outdoors is midweek. It’s quieter then, and you’ll likely meet more squirrels and birds than campers. On Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day, Ginnie Springs fills to capacity with revelers, loud, wild, and often drunk. Holiday weekends tend to be about the party atmosphere. It’s not unusual to hear booming music, fireworks and shouting until the wee hours of the morning, and then again at sunrise when everyone wakes up to do it all over again.

If you’re on the hunt for a peaceful place to camp in Florida, Ginnie Springs on a weekend (holiday or otherwise) is rarely going to deliver that experience. Plan accordingly!

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