O'Brien, Florida

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  • Branford, Florida

    Troy Springs

    Nestled in the shallow water of the spring run are the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat Madison which was scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured. A hidden gem in north-central Florida, Troy Spring has restrooms, an accessible walkway, picnic tables, an interpretive nature trail and...
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  • O'Brien, Florida

    Snorkel at Ichetucknee Blue Hole

    4.8
    At Ichetucknee Springs State Park, there are 2 main entrances - to get to Blue Hole (aka Jug Hole), go to the NORTH entrance. This is also where the main headspring is. If you accidentally go to the south entrance, you are only a few miles away, don't worry! Ask for directions at the guard shack....
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  • High Springs, Florida

    Swim at Ginnie Springs

    4.6
    A few hours north and many worlds away from Disney, the Santa Fe River winds its way through the woods of north central Florida, headed for the Suwannee River. This is the real Florida. Although the river is dark during most of the year (except the dry summer months), there are dozens of crystal ...
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  • High Springs, Florida

    Dive Devil's Spring System: Eye and Ear

    5.0
    Nestled on the banks of the Santa Fe River, at the end of a long country road, six springs add a burst of clear water to the dark, winding river. These springs make up a park called "Ginnie Springs," a popular place for both locals and international visitors - and it's not just the clear water an...
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  • High Springs, Florida

    Swim at Blue Springs Park

    4.5
    Blue Springs Park is a privately owned property that encompasses a few springs along the Santa Fe River, you can learn more here. The main, Blue Spring, has a large swimming area lined with white sand beach. The main feature is a 12ft high platform over the main spring. Since the spring is upward...
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  • White Springs, Florida

    Hike to Big Shoals via Florida Trail

    4.3
    2.8 mi
    From the Bell Springs Trailhead, take the unmarked access road into the forest, where it meets with Florida Trail (blue blazes). Hop onto the Florida Trail. You will pass a pool created by Bell Springs, then turn right at the fork. The terrain becomes a bit trickier as you head into the forest, t...
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  • Lee, Florida

    Madison Blue Springs

    4.6
    This natural spring is easily one of the best hidden gems in Florida. The pool of water is crystal clear for swimming, scuba-diving, and jumping in from off on a cliff to the side. The water is also about 70 degrees - a perfect compliment to the hot, humid climate of Florida. A rip current in the...
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  • Micanopy, Florida

    Sweetwater Wetlands Park Loop

    4.5
    3.46 mi / 256 ft gain
    Sweetwater Wetlands Park is over 125 acres of wetlands and ponds that were created to help improve the quality of water contained in the Paynes Prairie wetlands and the Florida aquifer. This initiative by the city of Gainesville has led to improved water quality as well as a place for people to c...
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  • Gainesville, Florida

    La Chua Trail

    4.6
    2.55 mi / 98 ft gain
    Located in Gainesville, FL this easy to moderate trail is approximately 3.1 miles round trip. Approximately a quarter of the trail is an elevated boardwalk that is handicapped accessible. Along the hike, you'll often see alligators, wild turkeys, wild horses, bison, and various migratory birds. ...
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Escape to the Sunshine

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Camping and Lodging in O'Brien

Group Landing
Sanderson, Florida

Group Landing

Perry KOA Holiday
Perry, Florida

Perry KOA Holiday

Jennings KOA Holiday
Jennings, Florida

Jennings KOA Holiday

Starke / Gainesville N.E. KOA Holiday
Starke, Florida

Starke / Gainesville N.E. KOA Holiday

Guides, Insights and Stories from O'Brien

A Family Paddle on Florida's Crystal Clear Ichetucknee River

A Family Paddle on Florida's Crystal Clear Ichetucknee River

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