Sunday, November 6, 2016

A visit to Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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Overview-:Ichetucknee Springs State Park is one of Florida’s outstanding natural wonders.
In 1972, the U.S. Department of the interior declared the Ichetucknee Spring a National Natural Landmark.
The nearly transparent Ichetucknee River flows six miles though the dense forest before it joins the Santa Fe River and provides great opportunity for tourist activities.

It is around 90 miles from Jacksonville, the city where I stay.

There are 2 entrances for the park, The North and South Entrance. North one is more popular than the south because it is home to more tourist points.

Activities to do-:1. Tubing
     Tubing down the river is the most popular and premier activity in the area.
     You get rented tubes for around $7 from the shops nearby. There are different spots which are
     called springs from where you can start your tube adventure. Scenic views of the vast jungle from
     the middle of the river is one hell of an experience. I couldn’t take my camera or mobile with me 
      in the tube as there was danger of those devices falling in the river if my tube tumbles.

2. Canoeing & Kayaking
There are canoeing spots from where you can start paddling your canoe.
     Canoe’s can be rented but most of the people were seen bringing their own.
     Similar to tubing they are also a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the river with an
     opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife.

3. Swimming
There are lots of springs where you can swim and have fun. The water is cold and deep at few
     places so better get into the depths only when you are an expert in swimming.

4. Snorkeling
The points where water is deep, snorkeling can be exercised, Blue Hole Spring is one of the most
     popular spots.

5. Picnicking
There are arrangements for reunions on both the entrances. Areas are equipped with picnic tables
    and grills.

6. Hiking
Hiking is not popularly practiced here but there are 3 hiking points on the north entrance.
    a. Blue Hole Trail
    b. Trestle Point Trail
    c. Pine Ridge Trail

Points to remember -:1. Canteen is available only at the south entrance hence carry a good amount of stuff to eat.
2. Bring lot of water to drink as you have to walk around a lot.
3. Bring extra pair of clothes.
4. Try to reach as early as possible as the tubing limit is only 750 people which fills up fast.
5. Take good amount of guidance from someone who had already gone before as the map provided to
     you at the gate is a bit confusing and you can have a hard time finding different spots.

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