Explore Blue Spring recreation area along Econfina Creek

April 4, 2021

One of three campsites available at Blue Spring recreation area. A kayak/canoe launch is available at the campsite area. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Located approximately 1.5 miles north of State Road 20 and accessed off Blue Springs Road North in Youngstown, the Blue Spring recreation area on Econfina Creek has several new features. Recently restructured after a devastating Hurricane Michael, the recreation area now consists of an ADA-compliant ramp and stair access to the spring, an overlook deck of the spring vent, and a pedestrian bridge overlooking a separate karst feature. Visitors can also enjoy picnic pavilions, a pedestal grill, fire ring, and portable toilet.

Three individual campsites are available for use by reservation only adjacent to the recreation area. The Blue Spring camping area is accessed through the first entrance to the site on Blue Springs Road. The day use area is accessed through the second entrance on Blue Springs Road. The primitive campsite areas have grills, pavilions, and an ADA portable toilet. Make camping reservations through Northwest Florida Water Management here.

Blue Spring is one of 11 springs or spring groups, comprised of at least 39 vents, located along the Econfina Creek basin. Blue Spring features three spring vents, and the combined flow classifies the group as a third magnitude spring (flow between 1 and 10 cubic feet per second). Flow from Blue Spring and the other springs along Econfina Creek ultimately discharge into Deer Point Lake, which is the primary source of drinking water for residents of Bay County.

Day-use is allowed from 8 a.m. to sunset. Parking is limited.

Location: 5247-5273 Blue Springs Rd., Youngstown, FL. Latitude/Longitude: 30.453238, -85.529542