Troy Spring State Park

674 Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008


This 70-foot deep, first magnitude spring offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Nestled in the shallow water of the spring run are the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat Madison which was scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured. A hidden gem in north-central Florida, Troy Spring has restrooms, an accessible walkway, picnic tables, an interpretive nature trail and a riverside dock for canoeists and boaters on the Suwannee River.

Only open-water scuba diving is permitted and divers must be certified; no solo diving is allowed.


Tory Spring is located between mile markers 82 and 83 on the iconic Suwannee River.  There is not a boat ramp in the park for launching, but a boat dock is available for day use entry to the park from the river.

Canoeing and kayaking is available year round on the famous Suwannee River.  A 200 yard carry is required to launch canoes and kayaks within the park.

Fishing is permitted from the river bank or river dock. Fishing is NOT permitted in the swimming area.

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida

Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park.  Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.

Operation Recreation GeoTour

Enjoy a peaceful stroll on the 1/2 mile nature trail which weaves through dense hardwood hammock and past two small ponds.  Evenly spaced interpretive panels will educate hikers on some of the plants and trees along the way.

Picnic facilities are located under a beautiful tree canopy a short walk from the spring.  Picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scuba Diving
A 70-foot-deep spring is ideal for open water diving and training. A diver rinse station and outdoor shower is available near the restroom facility. A long, paved, switchback ramp provides access to the spring dock. Some divers find that a wagon or handcart is helpful to transport gear to and from the spring.

For everyone's safety, these rules must be followed:

All divers must show proof of certification before diving or leave dive certifications on the dashboard of the vehicle.
All diving is open water only.
Solo diving is prohibited.
Dives must be completed 1 hour before sunset.
Open water divers may not carry lights.
Instructors conducting a class must have a Commercial Dive Permit.
Scooters, DPVs or ATVs, are prohibited.

There is a lot to see while snorkeling at Troy Spring State Park!  See the depths of the 70 foot spring when the sun is overhead or swim out towards the river in the spring run to see a multitude of fish and turtles.  You will also get a close look at the remains of the steamship known as Madison which was intentionally sunk during the Civil War to keep it out of Union hands.  While many boards and timbers were salvaged by early settlers, the bottom ribs of the boat are still visible today.  Swim at your own risk.  NO lifeguard on duty.

Swim in the refreshing 72° F spring water over a 70 foot deep spring.  There are also many shallow areas in the spring run for kids to play and cool off.  Swim at your own risk.  NO lifeguard on duty.

The focal point of the park is the picturesque Troy Spring.  Surrounded by high ground, the view looking down into the clear spring water is breathtaking, showcasing unique karst rock formations.  Another favorite spot is the boat dock overlooking the Suwannee River.  The shaded picnic area has tables and grills, perfect for your reception.  Please call for assistance to help create your special day (386) 935-4835.


Canoe Kayak Launch
A 200 yard carry is required to launch canoes and kayaks within the park.

Historic Site
The spring is the historic site of what remains of the steamship, Madison. In the mid 1850s Captain James Tucker had his ship, Madison, built with a very shallow draft especially intended for the frequently changing water levels of the Suwannee River. For many years, the ship served as a floating mail service and trading post. In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, it was used by the Confederate forces as a privateer and jerry-rigged gunboat. In 1863, it was scuttled in the spring, upon the order of its owner, to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands. Today, some of the metal spikes and the remnant keel rib timbers that were part of its hull can be seen below the spring surface.

Well behaved dogs are welcome at Troy Spring State Park.  They must be kept on a 6-foot handheld leash at all times and cannot be left unattended for more than 30 minutes.  Dogs are not permitted in the spring or in buildings. Service animals are allowed in all areas of the park.

Restroom Facilities
ADA accessible restroom facilities are available.

Water Fountain Potable Water
Accessible water fountains are available in front of the restroom.

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