This beautiful spring is named for Juan Ponce de LeÃ³n, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513-as legend has it-in search of the "fountain of youth." Visitors might well regain their youth by taking a dip in the cool, clear waters of Ponce de Leon Springs where the water temperature remains a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The main spring is a convergence of two underground water flows, and produces 14 million gallons of water daily. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along two self-guided nature trails through a lush, hardwood forest and learn about the local ecology and wildlife. Rangers also conduct seasonal guided walks. Picnicking is a popular activity at the park; grills and pavilions are available. Anglers will enjoy fishing for catfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and panfish. Located one-half mile south of U.S. 90 on County Road 181A.
Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Nature Trails
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Reviewed by KatNipp on December 29, 2014
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No camping, but a great park for daytripping. The springs are COLD but clear and refreshing in the heat of summer. Little fishes are swimming around in there, too. The surrounding landscape is just a beautiful oasis. We went exploring up stream a bit, too.
I don't know about "fountain of youth", but it's worth a try.
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Reviewed by Mongoose on July 29, 2009
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This park is sooo awesome! The spring is just phenomenally beautiful, and the swimming is always great, especially during the hot and sticky summers in FL. Too bad their is no camping, would be a great spot for one.
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