The rivers and springs north of Gainesville, Florida are world famous for their clean, clear water, an amazing variety of marine life and epic underwater cave systems. The good news for divers who like to travel by RV is that North Central Florida RV parks are also famous for their laid back hospitality and scenic beauty.
If you’ve dived underwater caves elsewhere and hope to visit Florida’s caverns soon, here’s a quick guide to finding the best cave diving and RV campsites in North Central Florida.
Three North Central FL Cave Diving Venues
Ginnie Springs Outdoors, a private recreation complex on the Santa Fe River, is just north of Gainesville, or two hours north of Orlando, via I-75. Not only do they offer RV camping plus swimming, tubing and paddling in a beautifully-wooded natural setting, they also offer scuba divers the chance to explore caves in seven freshwater springs. If you’re new to the sport, the on-site staff can provide PADI certification instruction. Certified cave divers can explore more than thirty-thousand-feet of underwater caves in the Devil’s Eye Cave System—it’s on the bucket list of most well-experienced divers!
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park, two miles east of Luraville, FL, is also cave diving heaven for veteran divers. If you’ve received certification in cave diving, you’ll be able to explore the longest underwater cave system in the US. Not quite ready to try this extensive cave system in two large springs and six sinkholes? You can still immerse yourself in outdoor recreation by swimming, paddling or hiking throughout the park. RV camping isn’t available on-site, but there are a number of private campgrounds just up the road in Live Oak.
While RV camping in Live Oak, FL, you’re also going to want to explore
the extensive, mapped cave system at Madison Blue Spring State Park.
A pretty place on the banks of the Withlacoochee River, this small spring delivers a big treat for certified cave divers. It’s also a popular swimming hole and kayakers will enjoy paddling the river for a scenic taste of North Central Florida.
These are just three of the most famous cave diving venues in North Central Florida—the area’s more remote, less-documented springs and sinkholes also promise adventure for highly-experienced cave divers. We do need to mention that cave diving isn’t for everyone—it requires extensive training for certification. But those who’ve spent the time underwater to learn what cave diving takes will no doubt find Florida’s freshwater springs a first-rate experience.
The campgrounds you’ll find throughout historic North Florida are well-equipped to meet the needs of divers, paddlers and hikers in search of adventure. So why not come RV camping to Florida’s spring-rich northern paradise? As always, we’re ready to help with a Florida RV rental.
The rivers, springs and sinkholes, combined with ‘old-time Florida’s’ relaxed and friendly campgrounds, will soon have you planning your return trip to discover even more underwater caves in North Central Florida.