5 Best Swimming Holes Near Tallahassee
It’s summer in Tallahassee, and sure enough, everyone is clamoring to immerse themselves in a body of water, be it a pool, spring, or creek. If you’re looking for some inspiration on new swimming spots to try out this season, or maybe just a refresher on the local favorites, adventure specialists at Camp Folks have compiled this list of swimmin’ holes for you. Dive in!
While the best season for viewing flowers and foliage at Maclay is mostly over, you can still have a blast on Lake Hall. The lake is a great spot for kayaking, canoeing, and other watercraft activities, but swimming is allowed as well. If you don’t have any seaworthy vessels of your own, the park rents out a limited number of kayaks, but it is recommended that you check their availability ahead of time.
If you’re from around here, or have lived in Tallahassee for a while, you may have already taken a trip down this local treasure. Beginning in Spring Creek, at an outflow point on US 90 outside Marianna, this tubing route meanders into the Chipola River, lasting about 3 ½ hours until you get to the pickup point. If you want an easy, accessible, simple tube trip, this is the spot for you. In addition, Camp Folks is offering weekend trips from July 16th to August 31st, providing transportation from Railroad Square to the creek and back. CampFolks.com/excursions
Boasting “Gin-clear water” at a year-round temperature of 68 degrees, Vortex Springs is an appealing freshwater diving, swimming, and camping resort on 420 acres of land. Located a little over an hour and a half west of Tallahassee, this facility is a little more developed than some of the areas on this list, but the water is just as beautiful.
Blue Spring State Recreational area can be found just five miles east of Marianna, and offers ball courts and playground for children, and canoe and paddle boat rentals. If cave diving is your thing, they have that too! The wait in line for the diving board is typically long, but totally worth the wait! Get to the park early and go on weekdays to avoid large crowds, and don’t forget to bring your goggles!
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs state park is home to one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. There are over 80 springs and streams in this 1,600-acre park, but swimming in the main springs is one of the most popular activities. You can also go on a river boat tour, check out an original 1930’s soda fountain, and hike some of the many trails found in the park. Wakulla springs isn’t just popular with humans, but attracts alligators, manatees, birds, and all types of wildlife.