Swimmers at Troy Spring in 1968

Troy Spring State Park is one of Florida's newest state parks. Troy Spring itself is a first magnitude fresh water spring, seventy feet deep and flowing more than 65 million gallons of water per day down a short spring run and into the Suwannee River. In the depths of the spring is what remains of the steamboat Madison, scuttled by the Confederates in 1863 to keep it from falling into Union hands.

Today, Troy Spring State Park offers canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and picnicking. Hiking and horseback trails are still being developed. Only open water diving is allowed, no solo diving or cave exploration.

Troy Spring State Park is open for day use only, from 8 am until sunset every day of the year. Entry Fees: $5 per vehicle for two to eight occupants. $4 per single occupant vehicle. $2 for each pedestrian, bicyclist or extra passenger. You'll want exact change as you'll probably be paying into an honor box.

Troy Spring State Park is located on County Road 425, about 1.3 miles from the turnoff on US Highway 27 between Branford and Mayo.