Santa Fe River

Flowing majestically for 75 miles through Florida’s northern counties, the Santa Fe River is as intriguing as it is picturesque. Known for its distinctive murky brown hue, attributed to its leisurely pace and leaf debris, this river holds a unique secret: it mysteriously vanishes at O’Leno State Park, only to resurface miraculously at River Rise Preserve State Park, three miles downstream.

Lined with enchanting spring heads like Gilchrist, Ginnie, and Poe springs, which bless it with refreshing 72-degree freshwater, the Santa Fe River serves as a conduit to some of Florida’s most breathtaking hidden treasures.

It’s a natural wonder that beckons exploration, bridging the gap between awe-inspiring landscapes and serene aquatic wonders.

January 2017 Visit