Ponce De Leon Springs State Park - One Of The "Coolest" State Parks Around!
Updated: Jun 15, 2019
Ponce De Leon Springs State Park is located in the southern part of town, north of I-10. For over 100 years, locals and visitors alike flock to the state park for its beautiful springs. The main spring is a shocking 68° F, year round. The bottom is sand and limestone, giving the popular swimming area a light greenish blue appearance. For generations, people have been taking a dip in the clear waters. In the late 1800s, children would begin their mornings by placing watermelons in the springs, then leave to work on the farm during the day and return to the springs to fetch their cold watermelons to eat and cool off. Ponce De Leon Springs State Park continues to offer family fun, whether it’s 300 yards of crystal-clear water flowing in what’s called the “jungle river” or trails for hiking, jogging, and biking. It’s also a great spot to stop for a picnic and do some bird watching.