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Madison Blue Spring

North Florida, FL, USA


If you have found Madison Blue Spring, you have found paradise! Here a natural spring in the shape of a round pool leads to a sandy river beach on the Withlacoochee River. Nature here is so gorgeous that you will be inspired and so will your kids, who will run about in glee! Divers enjoy the tunnels below the water and you can watch as they make bubbly circles before they come up at the end of their dive. Two sets of stairs lead into the spring, making it easy to go for a dip. I like how this spring has been left in its natural form and not filled with concrete.
The color of the water in the spring is a glorious blue-green and cypress trees frame the pool with green.
At the river beach, little fish make their home in the shallow water. Kids can play "mud monster," throwing the goopy sand all about.
In springtime, sometimes the beach is gone because rains fill the spring with water, submerging the beach. Then, it's quite hard to swim because the current pushes you toward the river but it's quite deep for standing, hence hard to resist the current. You can still find some spots to stand if you're an adult but kids find it less fun to swim in springtime.
Madison Blue Spring is a perfect place to stop if you're on a long road trip to Georgia and you need a break from the car! It is 36 minutes south of Valdosta.
A good place to eat, eight minutes drive away, is Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant in Madison. The decor is colorful and the food is good. The town is a weird mix of a grand Circuit Court building with a silver roof and surrounded by impressive palm trees, and older strip malls with dusty antique stores, including Sunrise Coffee, which is very musty and loaded with antiques and doodads. After eating, walk or drive around Lake Shore Drive, for pretty views of Spanish moss blowing in the breeze off the water.

Photo Gallery

The blue-green water and the green trees. Magic!

Pretty light at the river beach, where the spring leads into the Withlacoochee River.

Cute fish in the shallow water where the spring meets the river.

Bubbles made by three divers as they prepare to surface.

Divers by the stairs after a dive to explore the tunnels.

The clear water where the spring meets the Withlacoochee River.

Where the spring meets the Withlacoochee River- paradise!

Tropical vegetation.

Blue-green pool.

Fan palms.

Fish in the clear water.

The water is clear.

Springtime at the spring.

The beach is buried in the springtime.

Cows in Madison.

The grand Circuit Court building in Madison town.

Rancho Grande Restaurant in Madison town.

Pottery for sale at Rancho Grande Restaurant.

The town of Madison.

Pretty building in Madison.

A nice drive around Lake Frances on Lake Shore Drive.

After-dinner drive around Lake Frances.

Beautiful Madison Blue Spring x


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Madison Blue Spring is located at 8300 Florida 6, Lee FL 32059. The road is also called NE State Road 6.
Open daily 8am - sundown.
Cost is $5 per car, $2 for bike or pedestrian.
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