Morrison Springs-A perfect swimming hole on Florida’s panhandle

August 29, 2011
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Morrison Spring

Morrison Springs may be the coolest swimming hole I have ever seen. Located in what can only be described as the backwoods  of Florida, this cold water spring exudes the term crystal clear blue water. One can easily see the 20 or 30 feet to the bottom.

For me, this swimming hole felt like one of those places I imagine people were able to come and play 30 or 40 years ago before so much of the natural world became overly civilized and safe. Located so far back in the country, it’s so far off the beaten path, tourist traffic hasn’t ruined that country swimming hole feel.  Contributing to that natural feel is the fact that the park is admission free.

IMG_6748Morrison Spring

Surrounded by ancient cypress trees, some of which rise straight out of the water, this spring fed pool has a sandy beach cut out of one side of the forest, as well as a boardwalk, and two dive platforms. Most of the visitors to the park were using these for jumping off into the spring, but their more practical purpose is to provide SCUBA platforms for those searching the clear waters for views of its underwater cave.

On the sunny Sunday afternoon we arrived, the park was very crowded, but there was still plenty of room for a swim. Lots of kids were having a ball in the chilly 68 degree waters, while most of the adults seemed content to either float above the water or tan on the very crowded beach.

Beach at Morrison Springs

Directions:

Morrison Springs is a very tough place to find, and the MorrisonSprings.com website has an incorrect Exit number, so be aware if using their site.

The best way to approach Morrison Springs Park is from I-10.

From I-10

1. Take Exit 96, Defuniak Springs, FL, and travel south on Highway 81 for approximately 6 miles.

2. Turn left onto Highway 181-A for 1.5 miles.

3. Turn right onto Morrison Springs Road and follow it until it ends in the spring’s parking area.

 

For even more beautiful pictures of Morrison Springs, I recommend checking out:

The Orange Beach Daily’s post on the location.

Also, for more information on available facilities, check out Walton County’s informational page.

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