BLUE SPRINGS, Ala. (WDHN) — In the town of Blue Springs lies a natural wonder: the cool natural spring found at Blue Springs State Park.
Fed by an underground aquafer, the spring had long been a fixture for the people of Blue Springs, but after the state bought the land from J.D. McLaughlin in 1963, the spring became a fully-fledged tourist attraction.
The spring’s two pools remain at 68 degrees year-round, which not only lets people stay cool during the heat, but also lets them chill their produce in the springwater.
“The springs are natural,” said Jim Shepard, the park’s manager. “Of course the enclosures are man-made. The springs are about 23 foot deep.”
One thing that makes Blue Springs unique is not just its clear water. It’s also a darker portion in the first pool.
At first, it looks like a collection of dirt on a shallow pool, but it’s actually the entrance to a deep underwater cavern.
“In the past, it has been dived, but going forward, we don’t allow anybody else to dive it because if something does happen to somebody, we’re not able to get in and rescue them,” Shepard said.
The park also features a fishing pond, hiking trails, 50 modern campsites, and several play areas.
If you need some nourishment, you can stop by Hagler’s Barbecue for a bite to eat or the Blue Springs Mercantile for personal items or any souvenirs you may want.
“Especially on the weekends, we have a lot of people who come down and visit and bring business to us as well,” said Hailey Bagwell, employee of Blue Springs Mercantile.
The park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March through September and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through February.
Gate fees range from four dollars for adults and one dollar for seniors 62 and over and children ages 4 through 11. Veterans and children 3 and under get in for free.
So if you’re looking for somewhere fun and safe to go during the pandemic, dip in the cool waters of Blue Springs State Park.