Greetings, intrepid explorers! Are you all set to uncover the hidden gem that is Lake City, known as Florida’s Springlands? Ensconced amidst a treasure trove of pristine freshwater springs and sprawling waterways, Lake City serves as the gateway to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Sunshine State.

Our starting point for this epic journey is the newest hotspot for camping aficionados – Dreamin’ ‘n Driftin’ RV Resort. Conveniently located at 8883 HWY 90W, Lake City, FL 32055, our resort opens in October 2023, all set to offer a warm welcome to nature lovers from near and far.

A Dive into the Heart of Springlands

Just a short 30-minute (20-mile) drive east of Dreamin’ ‘n Driftin’ RV Resort brings you to Ichetucknee Springs State Park, the epitome of Lake City’s stunning beauty. Renowned for its crystal-clear springs and the serene Ichetucknee River, this location is a utopia for kayaking, paddleboarding, and tubing enthusiasts. Six miles of untouched river invite you to float along, while nature trails burst with local flora and fauna waiting to be discovered.

Make sure to take a detour to the Blue Hole Spring! This is a diver’s dream with crystal clear waters inviting an underwater adventure. Head Spring is another delight, perfect for a refreshing swim under the Florida sun.

Casting Lines in Lake City

Hear the call of the calm waters beckoning you to a day of fishing. Lake City’s abundant waterways offer plenty of opportunities for anglers. The majestic Suwannee River, merely a 35-minute (24-mile) journey west from our resort, is teeming with bass, catfish, and sunfish, providing a picturesque fishing backdrop.

Lake DeSoto, nestled right in the heart of Lake City and just a 15-minute (8.8-mile) ride from Dreamin’ ‘n Driftin’, offers a serene setting for a day of reeling in bluegill, largemouth bass, and speckled perch.

Unveiling the Springland Marvels

Your adventure in Florida’s Springlands would not be complete without a visit to Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, an hour’s drive (40 miles) south of the resort. Renowned for its radiant blue-green waters, this park is an oasis for swimming, snorkeling, and camping.

The thrill-seekers amongst you must not miss Big Shoals, around 40 minutes (30 miles) northwest of Dreamin’ ‘n Driftin’. Home to Florida’s only Class III whitewater rapids, it guarantees an adrenaline rush as you navigate the thrilling waters.

Springs and Lakes Galore

  1. O’Leno State Park: A 35-minute drive (25 miles) south, this park showcases the Santa Fe River that vanishes underground only to reemerge over 3 miles downstream.
  2. Ginnie Springs: About an hour’s drive (43 miles) southeast, this spring is loved for its clear water and diverse options for tubing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
  3. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park: Approximately 35 minutes (22 miles) west, this park boasts one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental U.S.
  4. Troy Spring State Park: Roughly 45 minutes (37 miles) west, here the remnants of a Civil War-era steamboat can be spotted in the crystal clear water of the springs.
  5. Manatee Springs State Park: A little further afield, about 1.5 hours (78 miles) southwest, this park is named for its winter visitors and features a spring that discharges an astounding 100 million gallons of water daily.

The Hidden Gem: Falling Creek Falls

A mere 20-minute (14-mile) journey north of Dreamin’ ‘n Driftin’ RV Resort, Falling Creek Falls awaits. A tranquil walk on the boardwalk reveals a picturesque waterfall nestled in the forest, providing the perfect spot for a serene lunch or a refreshing dip on a hot day.

Journey Preparations

Planning for a day trip or a longer stay, it’s crucial to prepare. Local rental companies offer a range of options from kayaks to paddleboards. Remember to pack essentials like sunscreen, towels, hats, water bottles, and snacks. If you’re drawn to hiking or mountain biking, Columbia County boasts numerous trails catering to adventurers of all levels.


Lake City’s Springlands offer an exquisite mix of relaxation and adventure, history, and natural beauty. Dreamin’ ‘n Driftin’ RV Resort is the perfect launching point to experience the area’s abundant springs, lakes, and fishing hotspots. Don’t wait! Start planning your unforgettable Lake City adventure today!

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