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GILCHRIST BLUE SPRINGS

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↠ ABOUT THE TOUR ↞

Welcome to the ultimate kayaking adventure to multiple springs along the Santa Fe River from Rum Island!

Explore the crystal-clear waters of the Santa Fe and discover the beauty of several springs that surround Rum Island and the magnificent Gilchrist Blue Spring. Our guided clear kayak tours offer a unique and exciting way to experience the natural beauty of North Florida – one of the best things to do near Gainesville, FL.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the crystal-clear waters of Gilchrist Blue Spring, where you can see fish, turtles, and other aquatic life swimming in the crystal-clear water. You can also get out and hop in the refreshing spring waters at this stunning location!

Our kayaking trips are suitable for all skill levels and are a great way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We provide all the necessary equipment, including kayaks, paddles, and life jackets, so all you need to bring is a sense of adventure!

Book your tour today and experience the beauty of Gilchrist Blue Spring and surrounding springs on the Santa Fe River via clear kayak for yourself!

↠ ABOUT THE TOUR ↞

Welcome to the ultimate kayaking adventure to multiple springs along the Santa Fe River from Rum Island!

Explore the crystal-clear waters of the Santa Fe and discover the beauty of several springs that surround Rum Island and the magnificent Gilchrist Blue Spring. Our guided clear kayak tours offer a unique and exciting way to experience the natural beauty of North Florida – one of the best things to do near Gainesville, FL.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the crystal-clear waters of Gilchrist Blue Spring, where you can see fish, turtles, and other aquatic life swimming in the crystal-clear water. You can also get out and hop in the refreshing spring waters at this stunning location!

Our kayaking trips are suitable for all skill levels and are a great way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We provide all the necessary equipment, including kayaks, paddles, and life jackets, so all you need to bring is a sense of adventure!

Book your tour today and experience the beauty of Gilchrist Blue Spring and surrounding springs on the Santa Fe River via clear kayak for yourself!

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↠ WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL ↞

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TOP-RATED

Get Up And Go Kayaking – Gilchrist Blue is owned by Jeremy who has received over 500 raving five-star reviews from his previous tour guiding at one of our locations!

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GIVING BACK

We’re passionate about the outdoors and conservation! We believe in being good stewards of the environment, which is why we donate a portion of each tour to Florida  Springs Conservation.

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SMALL GROUPS

Our max group size is 10 paddlers – the perfect size to hear our guides and enjoy conversations along the way. (Larger private parties may be available upon request. Group size may vary slightly by location.)

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BEST GUIDES

Soak up the sights – and some knowledge! Learn unique facts along the paddle about the local waterways, wildlife, and more from our awesome local guides.

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GREAT VIEWS

Don’t let a normal kayak hinder your view! Our clear kayaks are the absolute best way to view the surroundings, and there’s plenty of opportunities to snag some Reels or videos for TikTok!

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GUARANTEED ACCESS

Booking a tour with us ensures year-round access to the springs, as park closures often restrict entry for a significant part of the year. Enjoy the beauty of the springs whenever you choose, with the convenience and assurance that our tours provide exclusive access throughout the seasons.

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↠ LAUNCH LOCATION ↞

↠ LAUNCH LOCATION ↞

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Welcome to Rum Island County Park, our premier launch location nestled in the heart of High Springs, FL. This picturesque setting, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, is the perfect spot for your next kayaking adventure.

Why Rum Island?

Enchanting On-Site Springs: One of the highlights of Rum Island are the enchanting on-site springs, a hidden gem that adds a touch of magic to your kayaking journey. This unique feature offers the perfect spot for a swim and picnic, making your visit even more memorable.

Convenient Amenities: The park is equipped with convenient and accessible restroom facilities and ADA-accessible ramps, ensuring everyone can enjoy the park’s amenities with ease.

Picnic Areas: Whether you’re seeking a tranquil retreat or a place to gather with friends and family, our picnic areas offer the ideal setting to relax, connect, and enjoy the natural beauty of Rum Island.

Unique History: Did you know that Rum Island has a unique history? During Prohibition, the island was used to smuggle Rum across the area – Bootleggers! Adding a fascinating historical element to your visit.

Know Before You Go:

  • Entry Fee: A $5 entry fee is required for parking.
  • Park Hours: The park closes at night, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly.

Let the peaceful ambiance and stunning surroundings of Rum Island County Park create the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments with your loved ones. Whether you’re kayaking, swimming, or picnicking, there’s always something wonderful to discover at Rum Island.

Experience the ultimate kayaking adventure at Rum Island County Park in Fort White, FL! Our carefully selected premier launch location is nestled in a picturesque setting, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

What makes Rum Island truly special is the enchanting on-site spring. This hidden gem adds a touch of magic to your kayaking journey and opens doors for extended stays and memorable picnicking experiences. Convenient and accessible restroom facilities are available on-site, as well as ADA-accessible ramps allowing everyone to easily access the park’s amenities. Take your time to explore, discover, and appreciate the wonders that await you at every turn.

Whether you’re seeking a tranquil retreat or a gathering spot for cherished memories, our picnic areas provide the ideal setting to unwind, connect, and enjoy the beauty of Rum Island County Park. Let the peaceful ambiance and natural surroundings create the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments with loved ones

↠ EXPLORE MULTIPLE HIDDEN SPRINGS ↞

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The Santa Fe River is home to some of Florida’s most beautiful hidden springs, offering a unique and serene adventure. Our guided clear kayak tour starts from Rum Island Spring County Park and takes you on a journey through several unique springs, including Rum Island Spring, Gilchrist Blue Spring, Jonathan Spring, Naked Spring, Johnson Spring, and several more unnamed springs.

What to Expect on Your Tour

  • Paddle Through Crystal Clear Waters: Experience an easy paddle suitable for all skill levels. Enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel in the springs, with waters so clear they reveal the beauty beneath.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as fish, herons, otters, white-tail deer, swallow-tail kites, mullet, and an abundance of turtles.
  • Historical Insights: Learn about the rich history of the Santa Fe River, which boasts over 36 named springs that contribute to its waters. During certain times of the year, the river itself can run clear, displaying a see-through sweet tea or amber-brown color.
  • Nearby Attractions: While our 2-hour tour focuses on the springs near Rum Island Spring County Park, the famous Ginnie Springs and the beautiful Ichetucknee River are located further down the river, about 20 minutes away by car. 

Why Choose Our Tour?

  • Unique Experience: Few people know about the several springs you can explore in close proximity to our launch site at Rum Island Spring County Park, making this tour a hidden gem.
  • Educational and Fun: Our experienced guides provide fascinating information about each spring and the surrounding ecosystem as you paddle around Rum Island and the Santa Fe River.
  • Perfect for Nature Lovers: This tour is ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in nature, enjoy peaceful paddling, and discover the hidden beauty of Florida’s springs.
  • Guaranteed Access to Gilchrist Blue Spring State Park: During peak season, Gilchrist Blue Spring State Park often reaches capacity. By joining our kayak tour, you are guaranteed access to the park. We cover the entrance fees for all guests, allowing you to enjoy the park’s amenities without any hassle.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the hidden springs of the Santa Fe River. Book your clear kayak tour today and embark on a memorable adventure!

 

↠ MEET OUR TEAM ↞

Jeremy

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Megan

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↠ OUR GILCHRIST BLUE STICKER ↞

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Collect the exclusive Gilchrist Blue sticker on the day of your tour from your guide! Collecting more location stickers can unlock some great rewards. Learn more about our loyalty program HERE!

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