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Poe Springs Park

73 Reviews
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Poe Springs Park

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SK Traveler wrote a review Oct 2020
High Springs, Florida163 contributions29 helpful votes
Poe is a nice option for those interested in a low cost, family friendly spring option. I would recommend for kids that can swim though because there is not a beach with super shallow water. There is set of concrete stairs with rails that provides entry into the spring and the water is at least mid calf level or higher when you enter the water so keep this in mind for younger children. There is also a bit of walk from the large parking area which as a nice picnic area and playground. From there you walk down a boardwalk some distance before getting to the spring. It is nice but not as picturesque as nearby Blue Springs State Park and Ginnie Springs, private park (adult oriented).
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Jayne wrote a review Jul 2020
Newberry, Florida56 contributions8 helpful votes
Poe Spring is a bit different from many other springs along the Santa Fe, because the spring pool is green instead of blue. There are trails, pavilions, picnic tables, grills, park rangers, steps leading down to the spring pool and the spring run, and docks out on the river itself. There is a nice building with bathrooms. There has been a $5 entrance fee per car since May 2019. Also, entrance is limited to 50% capacity right now due to COVID-10 restrictions, so only 32 cars are allowed entrance per day. Last year, neither pedestrians nor boats entering from the river had to pay an entrance fee into Poe (only automobiles did), but I am not entirely sure whether or not this is still the case. I will be taking more of a breather from Poe since the reinstatement of the $5 entrance fee. I can enter it by boat if I want. I also have a state park pass that gives me access to every state park all year, and many of them have springs nicer than Poe's. (Poe is a county park.) Not willing to pay additional fees just to visit one additional park. Especially when my mismanaged tax dollars already support Poe Springs Park. We drove up to it, planning to revisit it, just the other day but did not go in because of the fee. If you are going to pay an entrance fee no matter where you go, then Poe is a great place to check out.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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gingerm624 wrote a review Jan 2020
Tomball, Texas20 contributions7 helpful votes
Paid $5 to go in nothing to see walked to river water murky saw turtles on log. A waste of money was only in less than 15 minutes. No information at gate no cell service
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Date of experience: January 2020
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mhindal wrote a review Sep 2019
Jacksonville, Florida97 contributions25 helpful votes
We drove from Jacksonville, it took an hour and a half. Got there at 9am on a Saturday and we were the first ones there. The fee is $5 per car, very reasonable, but they didn't have change, we had to drive about 5 miles down the road to get change. It's a pretty long walk from the parking lot to the spring, so a wagon would be helpful. Since it wasn't busy, it was very peaceful. The water was pretty cold, but supposedly it is 72 or 73 degrees all year. Personally, I prefer tubing, this spring is more for swimming, but my teenage son and his friend loved it, we will definitely be back. They have pavilions with tables and grills and there is a playground near the parking lot.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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jwtjwtjwt wrote a review Sep 2019
Jacksonville Beach, Florida56 contributions10 helpful votes
Nice park with plenty of parking. Has a volleyball court and a very open area for kids to play with a nice pavilion but none of this is close to the spring. The spring is approximately 100’ away from parking and the pavilion walking through a wooded area. Once at the spring it has a set of concrete steps going into the spring. Picnic tables and bathrooms are close by. Great for family but not my favorite due to the distance from the car. They are trying to get the food stand operational with rentals for next 2020 season. No pets near the spring area where the park rangers strictly enforce this rule. Pets are allowed in the front area on a leash. 5.00 entry fee per vehicle and very limited RV day parking spaces are available. Blue spring seems to have it all for family and convenience but worth the visit to Poe springs when you’re in the area. Mosquitoes are bad walking along the raised wooden deck through the woods so take repellent or cover for your children.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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