De Leon Springs State Park, De Leon Springs, Florida

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601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
De Leon Springs, FL 32130
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Description

The park covers 611 acres (2.4 km²) of Volusia County, built around a natural sulfur spring, flowing at a rate of about 20 million gallons a day, that remains 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round and reaches a depth of 30 feet at the spring boil.

DeLeon Springs was first occupied as early as 6000 BC (a dugout canoe dating back to at least 6000 BC was found on the site) by local Native American tribes. In the 1500s, Spanish forces, possibly including Juan Ponce de León, passed through. The Spanish would return in 1783 after regaining the land from England (who had held it since 1763), granting land near the springs to settlers to establish a plantation called “Spring Garden” where corn, cotton, and sugar cane were grown. Sometime around this time the Seminole began to settle in the area. The area came under American ownership some time after Florida became a territory in 1821; Colonel Orlando Rees built a mill to grind the corn and sugar. Most of the facilities were destroyed by Union troops during the American Civil War; however, the waterwheel and building remain on the site to this day, now housing a pancake restaurant called “The Old Spanish Sugar Mill”, owned and operated by local residents.

More info here: http://www.floridastateparks.org/deleonsprings/default.cfm

Nearest Address

601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Directions from Nearest Address

From De Leon Springs town, go west on Reynolds Rd toward FL-15 N/US-17 N Take the 1st right onto FL-15 N/US-17 N

Vital Information

  • Fee: $4.00 vehicle $2.00 Pedistrain
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: 72° F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

GPS:

29°08′24″N 81°22′08″W / 29.14°N 81.36889°W / 29.14; -81.36889

Map Link: De Leon Springs State Park Map

Submitted by: Janet Patterson

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  1. Jeremy kinney says:

    I called the spring to verify there is a spring there available for me to bottle my own water and they said “no.” They said it is not allowed and the only spring area is the one used as a public pool. Can someone explain what is going on?

    • Ms Rmarty says:

      Hey! I’m looking for a spring as well. If you find one available for public use, could you please email me at ms.rmarty@gmail.com?

    • De Leon is a man made “bowl” in a natural setting which I would guess is approximately 300′ across… To get ‘pure’ spring water you’ll have to dive to the head which is 31-32′ down and try to bottle it that way.

      In other words, it’s not realistic for drinking water but is a nice park to enjoy and swim in.

      Blue springs is less populated, slightly more remote and I’d guess a water depth of 10′ with a big head that goes down 95-96′ before it opens up into a cave. Definitely a nice place to visit.

    • Robin Lennon says:

      It is a natural spring but the containment area is man made. The probable reason for not allowing visitor to bottle water is to prevent people from drinking water possibly contaminated with urine, fecal matter or other bodily fluids swimmers may leave behind. You might have better luck by going to Alexander Springs dive down a mere 10′-12′ and covertly fill up a few plastic bottles. Both of these Springs have similar mineral content. At Alexander Springs you can insert your bottle directly into the spring openings

  2. Videoemilio says:

    so if you can’t get water to drink from this spring why have it on this site?

  3. Hunter says:

    I wonder if you can just drink right from the spring w/o bottling it from the spring head 31-32 ft down. Maybe it wouldn’t be so polluted in the winter when there are no swimmers in it. Does anyone have any solid reason not to drink the water this way? Are there pollutants that get into the spring pools that I’m unaware of?

  4. CC says:

    Where is the closest spring to De Leon Spring where you can bottle the water?

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