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Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area
Description - The park property was acquired in 1970 to provide outdoor recreation and opportunities for relaxation and reflection for Florida's residents and visitors. It had been used for social gatherings of all sorts since the mid-1920s. The Smith-gall family who built a wooden retaining wall around the spring in 1926 to prevent erosion once owned the property. A concrete wall replaced it in 1953.

The terrain here is mostly rolling hills, floodplain forest and swamp, which follow the basic patterns of Sandy Creek, Mill Creek and Blue Creek. They connect with the spring run and then flow into the Choctawhatchee River and on into the Gulf of Mexico.

Attractions - The main spring found in the park is actually the coming together of two flows from a limestone cavity. These two flows produce more than 14 million gallons of crystal-clear water daily. Inevitably, a youthful glow will follow a dip in the spring because its temperature remains a constant 68 degrees. The spring's coolness is refreshing when summer temperatures soar, and the temperature is a warming contrast as the thermometer begins to fall.

Fishing is permitted in areas not designated for swimming. The patient angler is rewarded with catches of catfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel and pan fish.

Two nature trails, Sandy Creek and Spring Run, provide the optimum vantage point for observing wildlife and activity along the spring's 350-foot run.

Approximately 20 acres have been enhanced with amenities, such as picnic tables and nature trails, for visitors. Rangers conduct seasonal guided walks: but self-guided tours can be taken at leisure.

Swimming is enjoyed in the spring boil.

Recreation - Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area is a popular day use area especially with local residents. Swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking are the primary recreations.

Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - In Florida's panhandle lies Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area about one half mile south of U.S. Highway 90 on County Road 181-A

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Filed By: Cynde (Wewahitchka, Fl)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great place to snorkel. Water is gin clear and silt/sand does not stay suspended long. This is a small swimming area, so 10 people in this spring at one time would seem crowded. Definely a fun place to go for a day trip!

Filed By: Rocky
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hang on to your swimsuit becase the water is very cold.the place is a nice place to have picknick or familey reuion.

More Information

Contact Information:
Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area, 2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Road , Ponce de Leon, FL, 32455, Phone: 850-836-4281

Additional Information:
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
Northwest Florida - Sugar white sand, emerald green waters, intriguing geological formations, natural springs, rich history, charming villages, miles of caves, and yearly festivals come together offering the vacationer endless outdoor recreation in Northwest Florida.

Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.


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