Florida is home to more than 1,000 springs, and perhaps the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. Many local travelers plan short weekend roadtrips to the different springs to enjoy their beautiful blue waters, green scenery, and vast wildlife. Nowadays, you can find many campgrounds near some of the springs that will  take your camping experience to another level!

In this opportunity, our happy campers had an unforgettable vacation experience at the 7 Sisters Springs in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Northern Florida.

Happy campers at chassahowitzka campground

Before starting your trip. You should do your research about what activities you can do at the spring you are heading to. Some of them offer rentals such as kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, and so forth. Definitely, getting into the freshwaters is the best thing you can do and, if you are an experienced snorkeler, you better bring your equipment! There is no better way to enjoy these natural wonders than diving in. Once you’ve found out what you can rent at the site, don’t forget to bring the other essentials like sunglasses, hats, bug spray, and most importantly water shoes!

Chassahowitzka river

Swimming at the Seven Sisters Springs is a totally unique experience since you will encounter plenty of spring caves clustered together. If you are an experienced swimmer, you will be able to swim around these caves and their amazing colorful waters.

If you like kayaking or paddle boarding you can bring your own or rent it at the campground at an affordable rate.

Paddling along the Chassahowitzka River is one of those trips worth doing more than once. When departing from the boat ramp, take a right to the Seven Sisters springs (keep an eye out for manatees!), or keep going straight downriver to Little and Big Salt or the Crack.

Lunch time

We always recommend to pack light and plan what you would like to cook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Campgrounds usually have big camping tables, grills, and fire pits so this way you are not limited in what you can cook up. Always bring enough freshwater for drinking and cooking.

Aside from making meals and water activities, bring some other entertainment for down time like a book to read or a board game to play with your friends. Don’t forget that some of the best camping experiences happen at night!

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