Blue Springs State Park

Summer is very hot in the Wiregrass Area of Alabama. This makes Blue Springs State Park, in Cilo, the ideal place to cool down. This park may seem like a secret swimming hole to the residents, but it is well worth the drive from everywhere in the state. While Blue Springs is a great summer spot, it is welcoming year-round. If you are searching for a place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet, this is it!

Park Accommodations

blue-springs-playground-area While the pools are the main destination, the camping is outstanding as well. Forty-seven modern campsites, seven of which have sewer hook-up, are each equipped with a picnic table and grill, and campfires are allowed. Guests can tent camp in the modern and primitive areas. A bathhouse and play areas are conveniently located in the campground.

Shake the cool of the spring off with a game of volleyball, fishing in the pond, a bike ride around the park or just kick back in the sun before your next dip. Ready for a break? Bring a picnic or visit Hagler’s Barbeque across the road from the park office. There are several pavilions with picnic tables or just spread out a blanket in the park’s many green spaces and enjoy. The pavilions are also available to rent for almost any happening. Hiking trails have been developed and are now active.

Local Attractions

The Wiregrass hosts many festivals in late summer months and autumn. Blue Springs is a great overnight choice when traveling in the area. Local attractions include the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ozark’s Claybank Jamboree in, the Brundidge Peanut Butter Festival, Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, and the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge.

Nature in The Park

The park’s primary attractions, the swimming pools, are fed by a crystal-clear below-ground spring that remains a refreshing 68 degrees year-round. The spring sends 3,600 gallons of water per minute into the dual octagonal sandy-bottomed pools. Once over the spillway, kids can look for animals among the rocks in the shallows before it flows into the west fork of the Choctawhatchee River.

Day User Gate Fees

0-3 Free

4-11 $1.00.

12-61 $4.00.

62-up $1.00.

For bookings or info about Blue Springs State Park, contact us at (334 )397-4875 or email: bluesprings.stpk@dcnr.alabama.gov.

Rental Camper Cabins

The park has rental cabins available which makes it very easy to just jump in the car and head out camping for the weekend. The cabins are fully furnished. The largest cabins will sleep up to 6 people. You will need to bring your own bedding and linens, but cookware, dishes, microwaves, coffee maker, etc. are all included. The best part is they are just a short walk or drive to the swing pools and the fishing pond. You can bring your dog if you are staying in a cabin, but there is an extra charge.

Camping

The park provides a selection of modern and primitive campsites in a relaxing wooded rural atmosphere, and yet you still get free wireless internet access in the park office area.

Camping features List

  • 47 modern campsites
  • Water hookup on each site
  • 30-amp electrical
  • 7 campsites have sewer hook-up.
  • Fires allowed at each campsite.
  • Each site has a picnic table and a grill.
  • A clean comfort station with shower
  • Back-in and pull-thru sites available

Check out our camping checklist page to help you plan your trip.

Birding

Blue Springs State Park is an official stop along the Wiregrass region of the Alabama Birding Trail so don’t forget to bring your binoculars for your bird watching activities.

Fishing

Blue Springs State Park has a fishing pond that is stocked with catfish, bass, and bream. You also have the option of fishing in the Choctawhatchee river as well. The pond hours are during the day but there are no set hours for fishing the river. You must use a rod and reel, and not a fishing net or other means of fishing. Also know that no boats are allowed and you must have an Alabama fishing license. There is no fishing in the natural spring. Check the laws and with the park for limits.

Group Pavilions

Looking to have a larger group get together? Blue Springs State Parks has 4 sheltered pavilions for daily rental. There are several picnic tables at each pavilion, electrical outlets, bbq grills and more. Two of the four have ceiling fans to help keep the air moving. Two are also in more private locations in the park, while the others overlook either the swimming or fishing pond.

Pedal Boat Rental

If you would like to cruise around the fish pond, the park offers pedal boats for rent. The current fee is $3 per hour. You cannot fish from the boat and wearing a life vest is required.

Picnic Areas

Through the day-use area, you will find picnic tables. Several have grills if you would like to bring charcoal or feel free to bring your own grill. It is a first come first serve basis for all tables and grill areas. No fires outside the grill and remember if you bring your pet, they must be on a leash at all times.

Swimming

blue-springs-state-park-pools There are two lovely swimming areas that are fed from the natural springs. These natural springs pump an amazing 3,600 gallons of water per minute, making for a refreshing water temperature of 68 degrees. The swimming area is crystal clear and has a sandy bottom. Be advised there is no lifeguard on duty so swimming is at your own risk.

Volleyball

Blue Springs State Park has a volleyball court to liven things up in the summer months. Have some fun and get some exercise at the same time. Several tournaments are held throughout the summer. Volleyballs can be rented from the park office.

Hiking Trails

The magnolia Trail is an easy 2.1-mile looping trail. Head out for a nice easy walk through the woods and enjoy nature. There are two connector trails including the white connector and the yellow connector.

Location

2595 AL-10, Clio, AL 36017

Phone Numbers

800) 252-7275

Hours

Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

8 am – 4 pm Oct 1 – Feb 28

8 am – 7 pm Mar 1 – Sep 30

Alabama State Parks