Royal Springs Park is a 5 acre County park located in the Suwannee Belle Estates, near O’Brien, FL. The large spring boil is popular spot for swimmers and divers. There are four overlook decks located around the spring and river’s edge as well as many picnic tables and open grassy areas to play. The park also features a very nice one lane, concrete boat ramp. There are also portable restrooms available at this park.
PLEASE NOTE: Royal Springs is closed from sunrise to 11:00 am on Wednesdays for weekly maintenance.
Fees / Permits: free
While there is no camping on the grounds, there are several private campgrounds not far away:
Cave Dive Camp
Ichetucknee Family Canoe & Cabins
Ichetucknee Springs Campground
River Run Campground
As well as O’Leno State Park, about a half hour away.
The park opens at sunrise daily except on Wednesdays, when it opens at 11am. There are portable toilets and picnic tables by the parking area.
From the intersection of US 27 and US 129 in Branford, follow US 129 north for 5.5 miles. Turn west on CR 349. Follow this rural road for 8.9 miles to the turnoff onto 198th Terrace, where there is a sign. Continue 0.7 mile to the turn onto unpaved 157th Lane, which leads right into the park.
A horseshoe-shaped trail wraps around the spring, providing access to the Suwannee River on either side. Walking down the sidewalk to the right of the dive platform, it leads you behind a screen of forest on the bluff to an observation deck with a prime view down into the spring and across to the platform.
What You’ll Find At Royal Springs
- One lane, concrete boat ramp
- Portable restrooms
- Picnic tables and grills
- Large spring and spring run to river
- No water or electric available