Kayakers entering the Withlacoochee River from Madison Blue Spring State Park
Kayakers entering the Withlacoochee River from Madison Blue Spring State Park
Swimmers enjoying the head spring at Madison Blue Spring State Park

Madison Blue Spring is one of Florida's 31 first-magnitude springs (meaning: the spring flows more than 65 million gallons of fresh water per day). This is crystal clear water bubbling up into a limestone basin about 82 feet wide and 25 feet deep on the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. The rest of the park area is a scenic woodland of mixed pines and hardwoods.

As one of Florida's newest state parks, there's not a lot of amenity in place yet. There are picnic tables and grills, showers and a canoe launch site but not much else yet. Scuba divers need to keep their cave certifications handy. There's never any life guards.

Madison Blue Spring State Park is open from 8 am until sunset every day of the year. Madison Blue Spring State Park is located about ten miles east of the town of Madison. To get there: drive east from Madison on State Route 6. At the west side of the bridge over the Withlacoochee River, turn south and go about 1/8 mile to the park entrance.