Florida Parks

Exploring Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park was named after the world-class explorer, diver, cinematographer, and photographer, and cave divers from around the globe come to explore nearly 33,000 feet of surveyed underwater passages found at the park.

The park features one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental United States but diving the caves is not the only activity that draws people to this pristine and unique state park. Swimming in the cool turquoise waters of Peacock Springs and hiking the award-winning nature trails are also popular activities within the Park.

The 1.2-mile interpretive trail starts at Peacock Springs and follows the cave tunnels beneath hikers’ feet. Signs point out major features along the way, the history and science of cave diving and exploring, as well as plants and animals you may encounter in the forest.

Wes Skiles Peacock State Park is located at 18532 180th Street Live Oak, FL and is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. until sundown.  Dives must be concluded one hour before sundown.

Only divers who show proof of their scuba certification are permitted to explore the underwater caverns.

Grills and pavilions are available for picnicking.

There are no campgrounds at Wes Skiles Peacock State Park; however, on our adventure to the area, John and I stayed in a cabin in nearby Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, which is about 15 minutes away. There are several State Parks, outdoor outfitters, and campgrounds in the area. Canoeing down the Suwannee River, cooling off in the area’s crystal springs, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding are all popular activities in this area known for its natural rural Florida forest landscapes.

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