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Troy Springs State Park is situated on N. E. Springs Rd in Branford off C. R. 625.
This park contains the underwater remains of The Madison. The Madison was a steam boat that was completed in the mid 1840' s for a Captain M Tucker and he named it for his birth place.
The boat was used to deliver mail and also as a trading post; however, when the Civil War started, it was sunk in the spring run to prevent it falling into enemy hands. Due to the clarity of the spring waters you can clearly view it today.
Troy Springs is the first magnitude springs:it goes down to a depth of some 70 feet. It is close to the Suwanee River and this park encompasses some half a mile of its banks. The spring runs for around 900 feet.
There are 10 natural communities here and they include upland forest, flood plain swamp, sand hill, mesic flat woods and aquatic cave.
These serve to provide a good home to various forms of wild life. Raccoons, squirrels and deer are frequently seen and there is an abundant bird life. In the waters you will see turtles, wading birds and lots of fish including mullet, bream and cat fish.
Of course, any activity that you can do in or on the water is popular here. Boating, canoeing and kayaking are all to be seen and fishing is good in the river (remember to get a licence)
Scuba Divers need to bring their certification before they can dive and a session costs $10. You must abide by the rules and regulations. Swimming and snorkelling are most enjoyable in the crystal clear waters which like all of the springs stay at a constant 72 degrees 365 days a year.
There is a half mile walking trail that takes you mostly through hard wood hammock.
Make your first stop the visitors center which is packed with information. If you have little ones with you then do visit the childrens room which has an ever changing item to make.
This park is one of the newer State Parks and has toilets, a dock and picnic tables. In development as I write is a horse trail.
There is a charge of $3 per car to visit Troy Springs and that includes up to 8 occupants. This State Park opens 365 days a year from 8. a. m. every day of the year.
Troy Springs State Park
674 N. E. Troy Rd
Phone 386 934835
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