Rum Island’s exotic, romantic name comes from illicit moonshine stills hidden out here during the early 1900s. The second magnitude spring forms a 200-meter swimming hole just north of Rum Island itself, filled with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. The County Park is a little slice of North Florida perfection, with picnic tables under the shade of trees and loads of space to relax by the Santa Fe River.
Hours: Open daily from 8:00 AM until sundown.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
The spring and swimming hole are relatively unmanaged, providing a delightfully natural atmosphere. The water flows out of a pleasantly mysterious cavern in the shape of a flying saucer, and an eroded 3-foot bank provides easy entry into the shallower parts of the pool.