Continuing my local adventure series, today I’m sharing photos of the worst kept secret in this area, Blue Springs. We’re very lucky to have so many freshwater springs in the area and they’re all worth visiting. Blue Springs is my favorite though. Here’s why!
All of our local springs have beautiful clear water (which is really cold – 72 degrees) and they are relatively free of slimey wildlife like snakes or gators because the water is so chilly. Blue Springs has this amazing dock which allows you to jump in instead of having to ease into the cold water. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to jump in!
The bank is sandy and you can swim out past the spring into the spring run all the way to the river. Sometimes there is some icky river grass underwater, but Blue Springs does a good job keeping it mowed down, so the bottom is mainly sandy with a few rocks.
That photo was from a couple of years ago when the grass had gotten pretty bad. It’s much nicer (for people at least) now. There’s also an elevated boardwalk that goes all the way to the river if you’d prefer to stay dry. It takes you to a lovely spot where you can fish or just sit and enjoy the peaceful sights and sounds of the river.
And all the people canoeing and kayaking down the river! It’s just a gorgeous place. Blue Springs has plenty of parking, a playground, picnic tables, grills, restrooms and a shower to rinse off. You can rent a covered pavilion if you have a larger group (my mom has done that the last couple of years!). The only down side is that it’s gotten way too popular on the weekends this summer. The lines to get in were excessive and the springs were too crowded to have as much fun as we normally do. I suspect the fact that you can legally drink alcohol at Blue Springs is part of the draw; many of the other local springs are owned by state or local governments and do not allow alcohol. The weekdays are still great and I suspect it will ease up once school gets back in. For now, we only will go on Fridays!
Do you have a favorite swimmin’ hole?