Plan Your Next Florida Springs Trip With This Google Map

    By Kevin Mims

    For the ultimate in year-round watery recreation, it’s hard to beat a trip to a gin-clear freshwater spring. These special places are probably most recognizable for being summertime swimming holes, but also are a draw for anyone in search of fantastic locations for photography, paddling, diving and snorkeling.

    Springs are sacred. Once you’ve paddled a kayak or stand-up paddleboard on water so clear that it seems like you're floating, you’ll understand why. To me, nothing beats these trips, and we all need to do our part to make sure that they are protected for generations to come. 

    If you're heading out in search of a few of Florida’s Springs, check out the awesome user-generated Google Map created by Jhwum Ki-ak. On this map, you’ll find all the usual gems found in Florida State Parks and National Park recreation areas, plus tons of smaller wonders along several of Florida’s rivers.

    For the map, Jhwum Ki-ak used data found on these sites:

    The places on this map aren’t secret, but they do require a little extra work to reach. Also, some may be on private land, so make sure that you some research on the location before making the trip.

    Again, these are really special spots, so make sure to follow Leave No Trace principles. If you do find trash, pack it out with you.