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Lafayette Blue Spring State Park

Mayo, Florida 32066

Contact Information

799 N.W. Blue Spring Road
Mayo, Florida 32066
(386) 294-3667

Visitors can take a dip in this first magnitude spring, walk across the natural limestone bridge that crosses the spring run flowing into the Suwannee River or picnic under the oaks with their swaying Spanish moss. Fish or canoe on the Suwannee River or stay in one of the park's rental cabins, which stand on stilts high above the spring. Bicycling, hiking and wildlife viewing are favorite pastimes for visitors. The picnic area has tables, grills and two pavilions, which are popular for family reunions and parties. Walk-in tent camping in the full-service campground is available to visitors and also serves as a river camp for travelers along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.

Hours of Operation

The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.


Fee Schedule

Admission Fee:

$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Walk-in Camping:

$10.00 per site, per night (water and electric provided).

Cabin Rental:

$100.00 per night, plus tax.


Getting Here

Lafayette Blue Spring is located 7 miles northwest of Mayo on the west side of the Suwannee River. From Mayo, drive northwest on US 27 for 4.3 miles Turn right on CR 292 and continue for 2.1 miles. Turn east on Blue Springs Road and go 0.2 miles to the park entrance.

Activities

Boat Ramp
The park has a boat ramp located on the north side of the parking lot. There is over-size parking available for six vehicles.

Boating
Lafayette Blue Springs is located between mile marker 103 and 104 on the Suwannee River.

Cabins
Five cabins on stilts accommodate up to six people. Each cabin features two beds, one bathroom and a kitchen/dining/living room combination room with fireplace. Each includes large screened porch with picnic table and swing or rocking chairs. One ADA accessible cabin with an elevator is available. 

For the guest's relaxation, televisions and phones are not provided.

Cabin Rental: 

$100.00 per night, plus tax.

Camping, Primitive
Primitive camping is available on a walk-in or paddle-in first come, first serve basis. Bathhouses are under renovation at this time. Portable restroom facilities are available. Call the park for reservations and information at (386) 294-3667.

Camping, Youth
The youth camp area overlooks the Suwannee River and accommodates up to 30 people. Amenities include portable toilet, picnic tables and ground fire rings. A cold outdoor shower is available at the day use restroom. There is no water or electricity. Call the park for more information and reservations at (386) 294-3667.

Canoeing & Kayaking
Lafayette Blue Springs is a great beginning or ending destination spot while exploring the many wonders of the world famous Suwannee River year round.

Fishing
Fishing is allowed. A Florida fishing license may be required. 
NO fishing in swimming areas.

Hiking/Nature Trail

*** Under Construction ***Take a hike while viewing a series of interpretive displays as you pass through a variety of ecosystems. Along the trail is a series of sinkholes; depressions formed by the collapse of underground caverns. These sinkholes are indicative of karst topography. Animals typically observed in the mixed forest community include white-tailed deer, gray squirrel, red shouldered hawk, pileated woodpecker, barred owl, eastern glass lizard, and red bellied, gulf hammock rat, rough green and coral snakes.

Pets
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended for more than a half-hour. 

Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in the springs.
Picnicking
Picnic facilities are located by the beautiful spring and by the Suwannee River. Picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come first-served basis. Picnickers can enjoy meals overlooking the beautiful spring and river areas. Two pavilions are also available on a first come, first served basis.

Scuba Diving
An extensive aquatic cave system associated with Lafayette Blue Spring, known as the Green Sink cave system, is well documented by the local diving community. Over 12,000 feet of cavern passageways have been surveyed. The caves extend west and southwest from the main spring. The system is described as relatively large and open, averaging 20 feet wide and 10 feet tall, with "rooms" up to 100 feet wide and 30 feet tall. 

NO solo or open water diving is permitted
All divers must show proof of certification. Dives cannot extend past 5:00 p.m.

Swimming
Swim or snorkel in the 72º F spring water while viewing a variety of fish, turtles and beautiful karst formations. Swim at your own risk. 

NO lifeguard on duty
Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife viewing is possible at this park. We suggest that you bring a field guide in order to identify the abundant wildlife within the park. Reported sightings are hawks, eagles, kites, doves, swifts, woodpeckers, flycatchers, wrens, thrushes, waxwings, warblers, cardinals, and sparrows.