Volusia Blue Spring has a circular spring pool in a conical depression with a notable boil in the center. The spring pool measures 135 ft (41.1 m) north to south and 105 ft (32 m) east to west. The depth of the spring measured over the vent is 20 ft (6.1 m). The bottom of the spring is limestone and sand. The vent is an elongated fissure in the limestone. The water is clear and blue with a greenish tinge. Algae are ubiquitous in the spring and its run. No other aquatic vegetation was observed during the October 2001 visit. The spring has steep sandy banks that rise to approximately 15 to 20 ft (4.6 to 6.1 m) above water level. The spring run also has steep sandy banks and flows south and west approximately 1,050 ft (320 m) to the St. Johns River through dense hardwood and palm forest. A limited underwater cave system has been mapped at Volusia Blue Spring.
The spring and its surroundings are owned and managed by the State of Florida. Manatees frequent the spring run during the winter months. It is an excellent place for nature study, swimming, scuba diving, and canoeing. Camping and hiking also are permitted in the park. Full facilities are available. A campground is located in a pine forest within walking distance of the river and spring run. Primitive camping is available to registered backpackers. The sites are at the end of a four-mile hiking trail that winds through shaded hammocks and open flatwoods. Six rental cabins are also available. A boat ramp and docks are provided on the St. Johns River for boaters and canoeists. Motorboats are not permitted in Blue Springs Run. Anglers will find an abundance of bluegills and blue oats, in addition to large mouth bass, shellcrackers and speckled perch. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for persons age 16 years and older. A concession stand offers snacks, camping supplies and limited groceries. Rental canoes are available. Most facilities and activities are accessible to the handicapped.
Swimming, snorkeling, diving, etc. at Blue Springs is closed from November 15th to March 1st due to the amount of manatees that flock to the spring as the St. John's River drops below 60 degrees.
2100 West French Ave. Orange City, FL 32763