Orange City Journals

Radiance at Blue Springs State Park

A June 2005 trip to Orange City by HF Hobson

Thursby House Photo, Orange City, Florida More Photos
Quote: Blue Springs State Park is less than an hour northeast of Orlando and offers a picturesque day of nature observation and activities. The park is a designated manatee refuge and best known for its winter-time congregation of endangered manatees. But the park has an extensive history as well.
Blue Springs State Park Photo, Orange City, Florida
Best Things Nearby:The spring!Best Things About the Resort:Very scenic and quietResort Experience:Camping is plentiful in the park. Nestled in the woods adjacent to Thursby House and the covered picnic areas are six deluxe cabins. Each one features air-conditioning and heat, a full kitchen, linens, and utensils. In the winter months, gas-fueled fireplaces are operational, too. There are 51 other campsites in the park that are equipped with water, electricity, picnic tables, and grills. There are no sewage facilities at the campsites, but there is a dump station in the park. Primitive camping is available right on the St. John’s River shore by following a 4-mil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 13, 2005

Blue Springs State Park
2100 West French Ave.
Orange City, Florida 32763
(386) 775–3663

Blue Springs State Park

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Thursby House Photo, Orange City, Florida
Of everywhere I’ve ever lived, it seems like all the great abundant beauty of nature is being swallowed up to make way for another suburban community, strip mall, or apartment complex. I recently moved into a neighborhood lush and green, where great blue herons graze on people’s lawns and leaping lizards bask in the balmy sun. My heart broke one morning as I was driving past the cow pasture on my street. I watched as the cattle craned their necks through a freshly constructed barbed wire fence. They gazed forlornly as tractors tore up the pasture they had just lounged around in the previous day. The developers were starting work on another massive apartment community. This urban sprawl is the or...Read More