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Morrison Springs: A Free Florida Oasis

Morrision Springs Florida

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Morrison Springs Florida Drone Shot
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Florida is home to more freshwater springs than found anywhere in the entire world. According to a 2001 report by the Florida Geological Survey, the Sunshine State has over 700 freshwater springs with over eight billion gallons of cold, refreshing spring water bubbling out of those springs daily. Located in Walton County is one of our favorites: Morrison Springs, a free Florida oasis. It truly is one of the best. 

Morrison Springs stretches over 250 feet in diameter and is 300 feet deep. The spring is surrounded by beautiful giant bald cypress trees towering over the sparkling oasis. Morrison Springs produces up to 70 million gallons of 65-68 degree frigid, crystal clear freshwater that glows in some of the most beautiful shades of blue you will ever see. Do not forget your wetsuit, especially in the spring. 

Getting There

Morrison Springs is located in Walton County, Florida and is a great day trip from the white sandy beaches of northwest Florida. The spring is an approximately 1-hour drive from Destin/Fort Walton Beach, 1 hour from Panama City Beach, and 1.5 hours from Pensacola. Trust me– you are making a perfect getaway while on your beach vacation. You can easily get to the beautiful county park by putting the address into your GPS.

Address

874 Morrison Springs Road
Ponce de Leon, FL 32455

Hours

Open daily, sunrise to sunset. You could easily spend that long at this beautiful county park!

Fees

FREE

Amenities

The springs have a picnic pavilion, restroom facilities with showers and a water fountain, a wheelchair accessible boardwalk, and a boat ramp downstream.

Water Temperature

The water temperature at Morrison Springs stays between 65-68 degrees. It is quite chilly but refreshing!

Water Quality

Morrison Springs offers some of the most beautiful, crystal clear water that I’ve seen outside of the Caribbean. It is however, always a good idea to check the health alerts before you go. It would be a shame to drive there and not get to experience the spring!

Best Things to Do at Morrison Springs 

Morrison Springs Florida Drone Shot

Scuba Diving

Not all scuba diving takes place on the Florida Coast. Morrison Springs is one of the most popular diving spots in Florida. The limestone base and sandy floor offer exceptional water clarity.

Due to the water clarity and lack of current, Morrison Springs is an ideal location for a beginner to complete their checkout dives or an already certified diver to regain their skills and confidence with some refresher dives.

The spring provides an extensive underwater cave system composed of three vents located at the center of the pool. Explore the caves, but beware, cave diving is not for the inexperienced. If you elect to remain outside of the caves, you will not be disappointed. Underwater wildlife is abundant throughout the spring.

There are no onsite diving or equipment rentals, so make sure to fill up your tank at a dive shop in Panama City Beach, Destin, or Fort Walton Beach. 

Snorkeling and Swimming 

Morrison Springs offers way more than just scuba diving. There is a beautiful small sandy beach perfect for sunbathing in your beach chair while watching your kids splash around the crystal blue water. But do not forget your sunscreen.

Snorkeling adventures abound from the beach, or jump off the dive dock, and swim around the cypress trees soaking in the wildlife living within their roots. You’ll see schools of fish, eels inhabiting the caves, and if you are lucky like us, you may see the occasional water moccasin (my high pitch squeal likely broke some car windows when a bystander yelled “snake” from the boardwalk). But luckily, you don’t have to worry about getting stung by a jellyfish. Please swim at your own risk; there is no lifeguard. 

Morrison Springs Underwater Shot with Kate
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Have a Picnic

Morrison Springs Trees

Morrison Springs offers plenty of picnic opportunities. There’s a large pavilion with picnic tables and grills. Two wheel-chair accessible boardwalks provide great views of the beach and spring pool. Grab your picnic bag and your boo and treat them to a picnic with a breathtaking view. 

Boating

Boaters can launch their canoes or kayaks from the boat ramp located a few hundred yards from the swimming area. If you want a more strenuous paddle, you can float to the Choctawhatchee River a mile downstream.

There are no on-site kayak or boat rentals. If you are interested in renting a kayak or canoe, we recommend you rent one prior to arrival.  

Paddleboarding 

If you know what SUP, you’ll bring your paddleboard and explore this breathtaking spring. Paddleboarding is one of the most popular activities on the Emerald Coast, and Morrison Springs, surrounded by gorgeous scenery, is the place to do it! Race around the cypress trees, marvel at the crystal clear water, and hop off the board into the refreshing water when you work up a sweat. 

Like kayaks, there are no on-site paddle board rentals. If you’re interested in renting a paddle board, we recommend you rent one prior to your visit.

Morrison Springs Florida Diving Dock

This 161-acre county park is abundant with activities! This is one of the most beautiful springs that we have had the opportunity to visit. So, if you want a day away from the beach and need an escape, then check out this Florida oasis at Morrison Springs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at Morrison Springs? I have scoured the web and can’t find anything saying if dogs are allowed or not. We have visited on multiple occasions and we have seen dogs at Morrison Springs County Park.

What is the best day of the week to visit Morrison Springs? Like most locations in Florida, weekends draw the biggest crowds. We recommend visiting Morrison Springs during the week if you can. You will have a more peaceful experience.

How far is Morrison Springs from Destin? Morrison Springs is located approximately 50 miles from Destin. The drive will take you a little over an hour.

Can you camp at Morrison Springs? The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Due to this, you cannot camp at Morrison Springs County Park. If you are feeling the urge to camp, check out Twin Lakes Camp Resort. It’s about 30 minutes away from the springs.

What is the visibility at Morrison Springs? The average visibility at Morrison Springs is 50-80 feet. It is super clear! The visibility decreases as you get away from the spring.

If you get the opportunity to spend some more time in the Sunshine State, we highly recommend that you read our other Florida posts! Check out the following: Vortex Springs Adventures, Ponce de Leon Springs, Top 10 Things to Do in Jupiter, Florida, Alys Beach | 30A South Walton, Florida, and Blue Angels: The Greatest Air Show in Pensacola Beach.

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Alex Schloe

I’m an Air Force Physician stationed in Florida. I'm passionate about travel, photography, wilderness medicine, books, coffee, and Washington Nationals baseball. I’m thrilled to share those passions with you. Favorite Destination: Machu Picchu

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