If I have said it once, I will say it a thousand times; lodging at a Florida State Park is a great value, but it’s no secret. You have to plan ahead and book way in advance because of the great value; they book up quickly.
John and I were lucky to get a reservation at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park in Mayo, Florida because we often checked the reservation site. People cancel their reservations, and if you check the reservation site, you may often get lucky and scoop up an opening.
Now you may be asking, what is there to do in Mayo, Florida? Well, the answer is A lot.
Mayo, Florida is in the Big Bend area on Florida’s west coast and is in Lafayette County. The entire area is speckled with natural springs and State Parks, and of course, a river runs through it, the Suwannee River, to be precise. It’s rural farmland, all surrounded by the peace and serenity of forest scenery.
We used the cabin at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park as our base, and in our 3 days and 2-night stay, visited 5 State Parks, the furthest being 47 miles from our cabin. That may seem like a lot of parks; however, the truth is that we didn’t even scratch the surface of all the places we could have visited in the area.
I also should mention that we limited our time in each park, as our main goal was to see as much as we could for the purpose of reporting back to you. If it were not a working trip, sort of speak, we could have easily spent an entire day at each of the locations we visited.
The cabins are two bedrooms and can sleep up to six people with a double bed in one bedroom, two twin beds in the 2nd bedroom, and a fold-out couch. The cabins are on stilts due to its proximity to the Suwannee River, which is prone to flooding; however, Cabin #1 does have an elevator. If you are interested in booking but are unable to climb stairs, then book cabin number 1.
For your convenience, here is a link to reserving a cabin at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park
Check out this video with a view of the cabins, the scenic Suwanee River, the park, the springs, and the awesome trail around multiple sinkholes.
Lafayette Blue Springs also has primitive camping with electric and water hookups at each campsite. A portable restroom facility is in the campsite area, and cold water showers with restroom facilities are provided at the main parking area. No vehicle traffic is allowed at the campsite.
Swiming in the first magnitude spring, hiking the 1/2 mile Green Sink Trail, fishing, and canoeing along the Suwanee, are all favorite activities at the park. The tent Campground is a great overnight stop for canoers making multi-day trips down the Suwanee River Trail. Camping is first-come, first-serve.
Canoe, kayak, and boat ramp is provided. There are no rentals within the park; however, there are several outfitters that serve the area.
The park has abundant wildlife and bird viewing opportunities. Picnic facilities and pavilions are scattered throughout.
There are two entrances to Lafayette Blue Springs State Park. You will find multi-use, equestrian, and hiking trails along the Suwannee River at the north entrance.
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is located at 799 N.W. Blue Spring Road, Mayo, FL 32066. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm 365 days a year. The entrance fee to the park is $5.00 per vehicle.
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