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Ichetucknee Springs
State Park

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Fifteen minutes' drive from O'leno State Park, and located on the crystal clear Ichetucknee River, this park is a tuber's paradise, and what many visitors come here to do is to climb into a rubber tube and float down the river. The river flows through virgin hardwood hammock, with limestone outcroppings.

It is a quiet, undeveloped area that is disturbed only by the tubers who come to experience the serenity -- in hordes. The park has become so popular that a limit of 750 tubers at one time has been designated for the upper half of the river.

Tubes are available at the north and south entrances, beginning at 8 a.m. (the park closes at sunset). The north end is shallower, and tubers are encouraged to float the south stretch. A free in-park shuttle is provided for people who enter at the south gate. A swimming area is also provided.

The full river run (from the north entrance) takes three hours, or two hours to the Dampier's take-out. The float from the mid-point put-in (take the shuttle from the South Entrance) takes 1.5 hours. From the south entrance to the last take-out takes about an hour. Take your choice. A shuttle provides transportation back to the North Entrance (for drives with passes, only) prior to the float.

The Ichetucknee is a wild river, unhampered by dams and other man-made obstructions in the park area. You may see alligators and snakes along the way. The park is located four miles north of Fort White, via State Route 47 and County Road 238. For information on this unique park, contact the park office, at (904) 497-2511.

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