Best Hiking Trails in Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Florida always delights with its tropical wilderness, making it a haven for lovers of the outdoors seeking a blissful escape in the sunshine. Ichetucknee Springs State Park cabins and hotels offer various hiking trails through a wonderfully diverse landscape.
Trestle Point Trail
This quick route will take half an hour to complete, and is ideal for visiting the banks of the stunning Ichetucknee River. You can also rent canoes and go kayaking to see the park from a totally different perspective.
Blue Hole Trail
Follow a half-mile trail to Blue Hole Spring, which is the largest of the springs you'll find in the park. It's here that you can go scuba diving and explore winding cave formations below the waves, or simply cool off with a swim after your hike.
Pine Ridge Trail
A longer trail that spans two miles and will bring you panoramic views of the park among longleaf pine trees. It's a reasonably simple path to follow self guided. You’ll appreciate the stark surroundings of the arid sandhill, an ecosystem of its own within the park, and a home to endangered species like the Gopher Tortoise.
Best Family Activities in Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Whether above or below the water, Blue Hole Spring offers a great place to explore or unwind and is perfect for swimming. Ichetucknee Springs State Park cabins offer easy access to all the amenities and points of interest.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
Seeing the marine life below the water, as well as the expansive geological formations, is a real treat in the area. Alternatively, you can just go for a swim or go tubing above the waves. You can get tubes from just outside the park and have fun splashing around with the family.
Kayaking and Canoeing
Rent a boat from the North End or South End of the Ichetucknee River and explore as you please. You can spot river otters, manatees, and great blue herons here. Bird watching is another great option for getting to know the wildlife of the area.
Picnics and Playgrounds
Take a break from all the activity and enjoy a meal in the open air with your travel companions. There are grills and picnic tables at both the North and South ends of the park, as well as a playground and swimming pool at the North Entrance.
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