Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, FL

Summer camping in Florida is not for everyone, but we found a way to get by and it was actually rather amazing. What made it amazing was a chilly swim in the 72-degree springs and the comfort of 12-volt air conditioning. This was our 30th camping trip in the Sunny RV, and this year we camped straight through the summer months.

Started our day by fishing the St. John’s River where Blue Springs Run merges in.

A small herd of manatees entertained us with antics.

Rosellen power-walked the boardwalk followed by a hike back to campsite 5. We saw deer, wild turkeys, turkey buzzards. Manatee, large fish, birds and squirrels. On a Tuesday, we saw more animals than people.

Suzie Brown joined us to swim and :diving_mask: snorkel the springs. We also played Chinese checkers and drank exotic beer that discovered at Kenny’s Grocery before enjoying a campfire and scrumptious burgers for dinner.

A few interesting things about the Blue Springs area:

  • It is in a hardwood forest, you will not find any pine trees. They sell wood at the gate if you want to have a fire. Each site has a fire ring.
  • Sites 51 to 46 are on the inner road that connects the two bathhouses. This section has a nice hill making for a little exercise and also well drained in the case of a hard rain.
  • With substantial rain, sites 3 and 4 get flooded. There may be others that flood.
  • 51 Was my favorite site, 46-50 are very nice, 12, 13, 14, and nice, and all of these are fairly close to the bathhouse facilities.
  • Just a few miles away you can find Aldi, Publix, Ace Hardware, Ken’s Liquor plus other restaurants. Not sure but Blue Springs Pizza would likely deliver to the campground.
  • The Spring to Spring trail is under construction. When completed it will connect Blue Springs, Gemini Springs, Green Springs and De Leon Springs.

All in All -Happy Campers for our 30th trip in Sunny.