Vernon, Florida

Freedive at Cypress Spring

Originally added by Josh & Michele

Come snorkel and freedive in some of the clearest, blue water that the Florida panhandle has to offer.

Cypress Spring is only accessible by water due to it being surrounded by private property, so bring your canoe, kayak, SUP, or boat to one of the many landings along Holmes Creek. The shortest and easiest way to get to the spring is to launch your vessel at Cotton Landing. From there, it is a short quarter-mile float downstream to the spring turnoff. The turnoff will be on your right and is marked with clearly visible orange arrows spray painted onto some trees. After making the turn, it is roughly a tenth of a mile trip upstream to the spring.

Cypress Spring is roughly 25-30 feet deep and is surrounded on all sides by pine forests. The only amenity there is a large rope swing on the north side of the spring, so bring your own food, water, and entertainment. Alcohol is permitted, and you can do pretty much any water activity you can think of there: SCUBA diving, freediving, snorkeling, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc. Some people even fish there, though I can't imagine you would catch anything worth keeping.

During the summer, it's recommended to visit on weekdays to avoid the boat traffic, and there are several outfitters nearby if you don't own your own canoe/kayak/SUP or if you just need help shuttling your own vessel to Holmes Creek. These outfitters also offer camping for those of you who will be coming from out of town.

Read More

Tags

Stand Up Paddle
Canoeing
Chillin
Fishing
Kayaking
Swimming
Diving
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Very Clear!

The water was amazingly clear! You could see everything from top to bottom 30 ft down. Freediving their was awesome, look out for the caves there, bring your scuba gear, there are trees down in the water from hurricane Michael, but you can work your way down into the cave easier by those downed trees. It was a awesome time and a great dive. Watch for turtles, snakes and big mouth bass if your snorkeling. Usually hiding in the roots of the trees in the water. The paddle their was also very nice and serene. We got to the springs from Cottonlanding, then left the springs and worked our way down 4 miles to the second drop off point. It was really nice, quiet, and you'll see the occasional alligator during certain seasons.

Bring a wetsuit if you have one because it is COLD!

If you can handle the water temperature, then you will be able to swim in the clearest, blue water I have ever seen! If you can hold your breath long enough, there are some cool caverns at the bottom of the spring to check out, just be safe in them.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Bristol, Florida

Skyland Ranch Deep Ravine

Site has a very large 16.5-foot smoke free canvas tent that will comfortably sleep six people. Tent is AIR-CONDITIONED/HEATED. It has electricity and outdoor lighting. Our camp is furnished with a ...

From $150/night

Bristol, Florida

Camel Lake Campground

Overview Camel Lake Recreation Area provides a quiet place to relax and take in the beauty of the longleaf pine forest. Camping, swimming, hiking, and boating opportunities are all available, focus...

Bainbridge, Georgia

Eastbank

Overview Eastbank Campground is located on Lake Seminole on the Georgia-Florida state line. The lake and surrounding area provide a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for fishing, campin...

Ozark, Alabama

Ozark / Fort Rucker KOA

Nearby Adventures

  • Paddle to Cypress Spring

    Starting at Cotton Landing, you paddle about a quarter of a mile downstream until you encounter the spring run to the right/north. Another tenth of a mile or so up the run will take you to one of the most beautiful spring-fed swimming holes you wi...

    1 miles

  • Hike the Sinkhole Trail

    This boardwalk trail passes by a number of sinkholes, leading ultimately to the most known attraction, Falling Waters Sink, a sinkhole with a waterfall dropping into it. In spring azaleas can be seen along the trail, as well.Take a left on Sinkhol...

    2 miles

  • Snorkel & Dive at Vortex Spring

    SCUBA & Free Diving: Established in 1972 by Doc and Ruth Dockery, Vortex Spring is home to the Red & White "Diver Down" Flag and is one of the largest diving facilities in the state of Florida, with 28 million gallons of crystal "gin" clea...

  • Fishing in St. Andrew's Bay

    You can park by some nice picnic areas with ample, well-lit parking. The bay is very shallow; in the pictures featured above, my friend and I were probably 100 yards out into the water and were still standing at waist height. Crabs underfoot and a...