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 great for tubing and kayaking. The springs are gorgeous! During my most recent visit I tent camped at sites 9 and 11. 9 was a long site with trees and privacy on both sides. Site 11 is on the side and was along the side of the road. It worked out well for a group of us camping. Both sites are a short walk to the main spring. Ginnie has a reputation for being a party place. I've never had issues, it can be noisy at night but the springs are worth it.
I'm on my way home to North GA after spending a week at Ginnie Springs. This is our second time at this campsite and we absolutely love it. Yes, it's a party place but that's only because people let you have fun without being buzzkills. It's privately owned, so you don't have alot of the restrictions that a national/state park would have. It is very well staffed, the bathrooms are regularly serviced, they give you trash bags and drive around to pick up your trash of you leave it by the road. The springs are gorgeous and are even lit up at night for evening fun. You can start your float at the beginning and stop to play at each spring along the way, get out at the end and start over again. The park is over 200 acres and there are campsites all over it. Many people come in RVs, there are water/elec sites and primative sites. They charge per person instead of per site so there isn't a limit on how many people on a site. And once you're checked in, you have full access to the springs during your stay without extra charge. Some reviews have mentioned that it's for college age kids - I disagree. We saw ages from stroller babies to retired. Lots of kids, you just need to know what to expect. Yes, you don't know if the group next to you is going to be blaring music all weekend, but you come here knowing that's possible. You go to Ginnie to have a great time with your friends and family and you go there without the intention of crushing other people's fun. We saw no trash anywhere while we were there despite it being completely packed all weekend. We enjoyed walking all over the property late in the evening listening to all the music, late night volleyball games, people watching a movie on the side of their RV, others with their huge floats in the lit springs and kids staying up past their bedtime out in nature. We also visited other local places - Blue Springs, Manatee Springs, O'Leno park to hike to the River Sink, then hiked to the River Rise a few miles away. Lots of fun things to do in a week's vacation Can't wait to go back!
This camp ground is a bit overpriced in my opinion. First off, Ginnie springs is an absolutely wonderful spring in Florida were you can swim, scuba dive, and snorkel. Aquatic life is in abundance here. The place is magical. It's a little oasis in the alligator invested waters of Florida. And there's a man named naked ed who used to take car the spring and surrounding area. Cleaning trash left behind from the careless visitors naked ed spent his days at ginnie springs. He was an unusual fellow. I think he's probably past on at this point.
The camp ground is noisy, worse on the weekends. A place for college party's not a family getaway. With college party's come a lot of trash. We found the sites to be dirty because of th college students. If only naked ed was still around. Anyways a dirty and noisy site should not be over priced. Regardless, ginnie springs is amazing.
Whether you want to float down the river. Camp. Scuba dive. Enjoy the many Springs and surrounding Springs. Fish on the Santa Fe River. Ginnie Springs is by far my favorite all time Inland camping. Volleyball courts. Staff is very friendly even a little restaurant and the store too by all your camping needs. There is no doubt in my mind you will make memories here and will continue to come back.
This campground can be kind of expensive with camping prices set as per person with all campers having to register and be at least 18 years old. On Holiday weekends the camping prices will be higher. Some of the sites have picnic tables and grills, but not all of them, also same thing with water.
The springs are nice and floating down them is quite fun. If you’re able to scuba the springs are very pretty. Although, be careful on busy weekends the springs gets crowded, very crowded and full of very drunk college aged kids. On a busy weekend, they'll stay up pretty late playing drinking games and making a good bit of noise. Be prepared to not really sleep or join in on the fun.