Cool off on a hot summer day at Morrison Springs

June 28, 2016

Swim, snorkel, dive or paddle at Morrison Springs. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors
Swim, snorkel, dive or paddle at Morrison Springs. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Walton County Park offers spectacular scenery both above and below the water line

Walton County offers many places to explore. In the summertime, the one that can’t be beat is Morrison Springs in the Northeastern part of the county.

Just south of Ponce De Leon, the 161-acre park is well known in the area, and popular with divers and nature enthusiasts across the south. Cypress trees abound around the spring with their crisp, bright green needles defining the landscape. The spring provides an aqua color inviting everyone in for a dip.

The highlight of the park is a 250-foot diameter spring pool that produces an estimated 48 million gallons of crystal clear water each day and has been recorded to produce up to 70 million gallons a day. Three cavities allow Morrison’s frigid waters to surface from the underground aquifer. The deepest of these cavities, at approximately 300 foot in depth, eventually terminates in an underground chamber of unknown dimensions. Close to 600 linear ft. of boardwalk meanders through ancient cypress trees, and span into the springs to a diver’s launch area, with a 10×10 ft. 9,000 lb. floating concrete platform.

Morrison Springs is a favorite of divers.
Morrison Springs is a favorite of divers.

Restroom facilities, a pavilion with picnic area, wash stations, showers and handicap access are available, offering up the perfect family destination.

There are 72 parking spaces at the entrance to the park, which include 10 bus and 4 handicap spaces. There are 24 boat/trailer spaces located at the boat ramp.

The park was acquired by the state in 2004 and its management is now entrusted to Walton County for 99 years.  The project is also part of the ‘DEP Springs Initiative;’ a comprehensive protection effort which provides funding for springs restoration throughout the state of Florida.

Morrison Springs is located in the most southeastern part of Ponce deLeon just inside the Walton County line. From Freeport, take State Road 20 east to State Road 81 and go north past Red Bay to County Highway 181C. Turn right and continue 1.6 miles. Turn a right on Morrison Springs Road. Click here for map

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset.
Fees: None


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