Located on the Santa Fe River in High Springs Florida, Ginnie Springs is one of the clearest springs in Florida. The 72-degree water is perfect for river tubing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba and cave diving. Visitors to Ginnie Springs Outdoors can enjoy camping (wilderness sites or sites with electricity), an overnight rental cottage, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing and volleyball.
Ginnie Springs is beautiful! Although, we went as a family and it’s definitely more for the college or adult crowd. This is probably because alcohol is allowed, where the other springs in this area it is not. It’s also a lot more crowded of a place, even being there on a Wednesday. If you get there early there aren’t too many people, besides the divers. By lunch time it’s comparable to a busy beach on a weekend. This would definitely be a fun adult trip!
First I want to say that Ginny Springs is an absolute shit show! Like South Beach or Daytona during spring break. Especially in the summer. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t really great, it is.
Camping at Ginny is a right of passage for any Florida boy. Like my father who went to UF, I camped at Ginny springs as a kid and so did my son. It hasn’t changed much at all over the years except to become a little more crowded. It’s a true Florida experience.
You can only make reservations in one area of the park with the water and electric hook ups. All others are first come, first serve. You simply drive around til you find an available site and claim your own piece of paradise. The sites along the river are the best. It’s private so if you envision a state park, its not quite like that but in many ways camping is camping. This is similar only more crowded.
The campground with all the amenities is tight. There will be every form of camping from big rigs to people in tents and everything in between including refrigerator boxes(not really but not far from the truth). It is not quiet in any way and the partying never seems to stop. The kids will start riding their bikes, playing ball and flying drones in the AM so get your sleep while you can.
The spring gets packed with tubers, floaters, coolers, kayaks, canoes, scuba divers and every other human powered vessel as well but that just gives Ginny it’s vibe. What most people don’t realize is that if you get to the spring EARLY in the morning you can have it mostly to yourself and that includes the spring run and river too!
The biggest dichotomy of Ginny Springs is how can something with constant pressure and crowding over decades remain so incredibly beautiful?
If you have an open mind and can adjust your schedule to work around some of the crowded and go with the flow when you can’t it’s hard not to have a great time and appreciate the beauty of this magical place! It is and will always be one of my favorite places.
I love camping at Ginnie Springs, but not for every occasion. It's typically very crowded and a big "party" campground - you have to be 18+. There is a side that most stay away from that is more secluded - this is actually where I camped each time I went to Ginnie Springs. Other friends in the group opted to camp on the "party side."
Tons of fun, but if you are looking for a relaxing, secluded, private, QUIET camping experience, this might not be it.
This place is really pretty. I feel like any major holiday weekend there will be a lot of party people, not much seclusion or quiet. Bring a nice inner tube or rent one and you can cruise down the river. Camping is first come first serve. Find any spot where your car fits and park behind it in the woods. No dogs allowed which is sad. But the waters are beautiful and refreshing. Camping is always fun next to the fire and you can meet some interesting neighbors. Maybe the occasional DJ party hidden in the woods.
Bring your own tube and save yourself some money. People riding around on their side by sides are loud and obnoxious at night but other than that it is a great time!
This place is ALL about a GOOD TIME! We got there May1st, the place was relatively empty, but then came Cinco De Mayo weekend and it was amazing how many people came in. We sat back and watched. We had a great site for people watching just up from the Spring and the tube run. I can not say enough about the bathhouses, there were MANY of them and ALL were well maintained and appointed. We got a kick out of going to a different one every day! HUGE camp store. Deli/café on property, ice and wood for sale, blow-up station for your personal tubes. Staff was great and helpful. Tubing was a BLAST and canoeing run was to! Beautiful springs, many to see! Thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I cant for the life of me find my pics of this amazing place. A little more pricey, but worth it. We were there for a 5 days.
Cool Park, Awesome Staff!
This campground was huge! They had a camp store, playground, walking trails, volley ball, snorkeling, diving, and kayak rentals. A little bit for everyone to enjoy. The campground accommodates very well, there were enough bathrooms and maintenance that it wasn’t bad at all. There are limited electric sites which makes it tricky in the summer but so worth it to cool off in the springs any time of night. This is also the only spring you can drink on even get a keg delivered to your site. Please be curious of the nature we get to enjoy and clean up after yourself in the water and out.
Love this place
Favorite springs in Florida and one of my favorite places to camp and spend a few days in Florida or the country in general. Awesomely maintained, plenty of sites. Plenty of bath houses and area to roam and swim. 10-10