Personally I’m not a big fan of snakes, however, it seems that my wife on her recent visit to Ichetucknee Springs State Park filmed one swimming in the spring. She absolutely loved it, being able to observe wildlife in its natural environment is an amazing experience. I believe the snake in the video is a Florida water snake. If anyone’s got more information about it please share.
This spring is located 50 minutes from Gainesville. Ichetucknee Springs State Park offers tubing, kayaking, and paddleboard rentals. If you plan on spending a week here I recommend buying your own tube and bring own snorkel gear. I have had great experiences with the brand Intex. “In-park canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available from 8 am to 2:30 pm daily. tube and raft rentals are available from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily,” per the park’s website.
” keep our state parks clean use reusable water bottles and don’t litter”
Normally when we are visiting I Recommend staying in Chiefland. This little town is located one hour from the spring is also located driving distance from multiple Springs. The interactive map below shows a few large springs in the area.
Park information Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Park Hours 8 a.m to sundown.