SUMMARY

Size: 175 acres
Date opened 2019

Partner Organization: Suwannee River Water Management District
 

DESCRIPTION

On January 8, 2019, Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board approved a management agreement and plan that authorizes Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) to provide management of this park. According to the management agreement and plan, the District will fund and manage the initial facility improvements projects, while ACT will be responsible for long-term maintenance of those facilities. The agreement between the District and ACT will be valid for 10 years with a 10-year extension if both parties agree.

Rock Bluff is a second magnitude spring with a 700’ spring run to the Suwannee River in Gilchrist County near Bell.  The clear crystal spring, with its large cypress trees, is the centerpiece of the one hundred seventy-acre tract.  The property is dotted with numerous karst windows opening into the aquifer surrounded by large Live Oaks trees.  During the summers months mullet dart and jump two plus feet out of the water.

The blue-green crystal spring pool measures 250’ north to south and 171’ east to west, with several vents feeding the shallow pool. The main spring is a nearly oval cavity that is 30 feet long, six feet wide and 30 feet deep.

ENTRANCE

6560 Co Rd 340, Bell, FL 32619

From High Springs, FL to 29.796119, -82.916670
1- Head South on N Main Street/US-41
2- Turn right to head West onto State Hwy 236/NW 182nd Ave and continue to follow State Hwy 236 for 8.5 miles
3- Continue strait to stay West onto NE Co Rd 340 for 11.3 miles to the Park Entrance. The Park entrance will be on your right marked with signs before you cross over the Suwannee River.
4- Follow signs for entry.

ACCESS and information

  • Iron Ranger required to enter:
    $4 for single vehicle with 1-7 individuals; $5 for single vehicle with 8 individuals; $2 for additional passengers in a single vehicle exceeding 8 individuals; $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists

  • Park is open from dawn to dusk

  • Limited parking available on site

  • Dogs are not allowed off leash

  • Consumption or other use of any alcoholic beverage, intoxicants and unlawful drug or substance is forbidden

  • Hunting and trapping is not allowed