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Poe Springs Park in central Florida offers free fun for families year-round. Located near High Springs and Gainesville, the park boasts 202 acres filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields, and is located along the banks of the Santa Fe River. Poe Springs pumps an average of 45 million gallons of cool, refreshing water daily into the Santa Fe River. Alachua County manages the park. Poe Springs is one of the least crowded county springs in the Gainesville region, according to the Florida State Parks website. It is ideal for small children, since most of the basin is shallow. The spring basin is accessible either from the Santa Fe River via canoe or kayak, or from a boardwalk 1,000 feet from the parking area. The basin is up to 25 feet deep. The spring vent entrance is about 2 feet by 3 feet, and the cave is about 13 feet long. The well-maintained park features nature trails, covered picnic pavilions and picnic tables under shade trees, a playground, soccer and softball field, volleyball courts, and restrooms. No overnight camping is allowed. According to the parks’ website, Poe Springs Park’s hours are Thursday - Sunday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Poe Springs is 27 miles northwest of Gainesville and three miles west of High Springs on County Road 340. From High Springs, go north on U.S. Highway 27-41 to Poe Springs Road. Go west 2.5 miles to the park. For more information, call 352-374-5245 or visit http://www.floridasprings.org/visit/map/poe%20springs/