Description - The park property was acquired in 1970 to provide outdoor recreation and opportunities for relaxation and reflection for Florida's residents and visitors. It had been used for social gatherings of all sorts since the mid-1920s. The Smith-gall family who built a wooden retaining wall around the spring in 1926 to prevent erosion once owned the property. A concrete wall replaced it in 1953.
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Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area
The terrain here is mostly rolling hills, floodplain forest and swamp, which follow the basic patterns of Sandy Creek, Mill Creek and Blue Creek. They connect with the spring run and then flow into the Choctawhatchee River and on into the Gulf of Mexico.
- The main spring found in the park is actually the coming together of two flows from a limestone cavity. These two flows produce more than 14 million gallons of crystal-clear water daily. Inevitably, a youthful glow will follow a dip in the spring because its temperature remains a constant 68 degrees. The spring's coolness is refreshing when summer temperatures soar, and the temperature is a warming contrast as the thermometer begins to fall.
Fishing is permitted in areas not designated for swimming. The patient angler is rewarded with catches of catfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel and pan fish.
Two nature trails, Sandy Creek and Spring Run, provide the optimum vantage point for observing wildlife and activity along the spring's 350-foot run.
Approximately 20 acres have been enhanced with amenities, such as picnic tables and nature trails, for visitors. Rangers conduct seasonal guided walks: but self-guided tours can be taken at leisure.
Swimming is enjoyed in the spring boil.
Recreation - Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area is a popular day use area especially with local residents. Swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking are the primary recreations.
Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.
In Florida's panhandle lies Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area about one half mile south of U.S. Highway 90 on County Road 181-A