|Canaveral National Seashore|
Atlantic waves break on the east side of this twenty-four mile stretch of undeveloped beach, and the waters of brackish Mosquito Lagoon lap its western edge. In between, a subtropical barrier island nurtures a diverse wildlife community with its hammocks of ancient oaks, salt marshes, mangrove i...
Blue Spring State Park
|Description: In Chilly winter months, federally-listed endangered manatees leave the cold waters of the St. Johns River to take refuge in this first magnitude spring. Fifty-five thousand gallons of water per minute flow 2,200 feet to the river through Blue Springs Run. Magnificent subtropical hardwood forest has been restored to the land surrounding the headspring.|
Wildlife to Watch: Best chance of seeing manatees from November though March after a cold front, or other times when the temperature of the St. Johns River is below sixty-eight degrees; a boardwalk beside Blue Spring offers the best viewing. Many wading birds, including limpkin and white ibis, reside here. Look aloft for bald eagles in winter and spring, and swallow-tailed kites during early summer months. Look for scrub jays in the sand pine scrub. American alligators, river otters, and large fish often appear in the spring run, lagoon, and river mouth.
Special Tips: Park often fills early on weekends and in summer months. Call for tour boat information. Rental cabins available.
Other Activities: EXCELLENT MANATEE SLIDE PROGRAMS, NOVEMBER 15-MARCH 15.
A Four-mile hiking trail allows visitors to sample the habitat diversity included in this popular sonally flooded swamp forests and marshes sustain abundant and diverse animal populations.
Ownership: Department of Environmental Protection
Size: 2600 acres
Closest Town: Orange City
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: