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Link to the state parks webpage on Blue Springs
I seen my first Florida Scrub Jay! Our campsite was full of beautiful birds. The Florida Scrub Jay is found only in Florida scrub habitat. He seemed, brave and landed right next to the dogs. It seems he was interested in their food.
Here is a great picture of an oak tree and palm grown together. IT looks like the oak tree has an arm around the palm tree.
I have never seen an arm grown out and wrapped around a tree. It's obvious the oak tree was here first.
After walking the trail to the springs, you come out to a large section of the Blue Springs. To the left they had a area roped off for Manatees. We did not see any, but our neighbor had a story about seeing a Manatee the day before. He seen one, touched it, which is a huge NO at this park! If you want to swim and touch a manatee, you will need to travel to Crystal Springs for this encounter.
If you follow the path to the left you will follow the spring run with several look out with benches. It pass the white house and ends at the canoe launch on the St John's River.
I waded up the river and seen how shallow and gorgeous it was and Mike sat on the stairs
These waters are warm compared to the deeper springs. Being that it is March, we usually wait until the middle of summer when the ocean waters turn warm and the days are hot to enjoy these cool springs. Living in Florida 80 degrees is the water that feel great to us...
The springs are amazing and on the warmer side of spring water. The spring run is shallow and you can walk all the way to the trail head. The water is gorgeous and clear.
You can see how shallow it was. We did not bring our snorkeling gear on this trip, but I will next time. It looks like it would be a great place to find fossils. You can see the boardwalk on top of bank above the springs.
There were many really cool places to walk and explore. But keep in mind you need shoes!
It has a sand and rock bottom, so I suggest bring a pair of shoes. My Kinos had to go in the water, but they are handmade in Key West and made out of leather, so they can take it!
1880's five steamboats a day were running, many stopping at Blue Springs for both fright and tour off at the landing for fright and tourist.
1881 Mule drawn railroad was built from Orange City to Blue Spring linked grooves in Orange City to the Landing.
1886 A larger track was built to replace the primitive one, and the Landing at Blue Springs was connected to the East Coast Railroad. As time passed the railroad took over passengers and freight.
1910 The Landings were no longer a stop and only four steamboats stopped per week.
The view from the kitchen window looking out over the lawn towards the springs.
Above is the layout of the land. It shows an orange groove, which was destroyed in the freeze of 1895.