Thursday, March 5, 2009
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park - Ponce de Leon, Florida
One of the most beautiful spots in Northwest Florida can be found in the small town of Ponce de Leon. The Holmes County community is located along Interstate 10 between Marianna and Pensacola and is the home of Ponce de Leon Springs State Park.
The park surrounds a beautiful Florida spring that pours out 14 million gallons of water each day. Rising from two underground flows, the spring maintains a constant temperature of 68 degrees year round. During the winter, the water actually feels quite warm, while during the summer it feels ice cold.
Ponce de Leon Springs has been a popular spot for recreation since at least the 1840s. A log hotel operated there during the years leading up to the Civil War, but was destroyed by Union troops in 1864.
The springs remained a popular place for swimming and picnicking on into the 20th century and became a state park in 1970. The park now features swimming in the spring, picnicking, nature trails and more.
To learn more about Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, please visit our new page at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/poncedeleonsprings.