(Last Updated On: January 9, 2023)

stairs leading to the springs at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park attracts divers from all over with the allure of exploring one of the largest underwater cave systems in the US. This beautiful natural area also contains 2 large springs and 6 sinkholes and is located near Live Oak, just 70 miles north of Gainesville, Florida.

The park was named in honor of the renowned diver, cinematographer and photographer Wes Skiles.

Visitors to this Florida state park enjoy cave diving, swimming in the refreshing springs, picnicking, bird watching and tracing the pathway of the caves from the interpretive nature trail.

Duckweed covered pond at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Activities

Bring your scuba equipment and proof of certification and explore the underwater passages beneath the park. Then take a walk along the nature trail and learn more about what lies below through photographs and maps.

Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch and a few snacks. The park’s two picnic areas are equipped with tables and grills for your comfort and relaxation.

Here are some of the activities that you can do during your visit to Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park:

Scuba Diving at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

The park’s underwater cave system, one of the largest in the US, attracts many visitors and cave divers each year. Who wouldn’t want a chance to explore 33,000 feet of underwater passages?

This immense cave system contains 3 main entrances, a fully submerged passage 20 feet below ground, a sinkhole and a karst window where light streams in from the surface. For those who plan to dive, strict rules and instructions must be adhered, such as being able to provide a scuba diving certification.

underwater cave at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Swimming at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Take a refreshing dip in either Orange Grove Sink or Peacock Springs during your visit to Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park. Snorkeling is also allowed. Both swimming and snorkeling conditions depend on water levels, which may fluctuate seasonally. Be aware that there are not any lifeguards present at either swimming area.

Hiking at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Discover what lies beneath your feet, inside one of the longest underwater caves in the country! Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park offers guests a unique one mile interpretive trail that follows the caves and caverns along Peacock Springs and gives visitors a glimpse into what lies beneath them.

This shady nature trail flows through the natural uplands, and past sinks and springs. And provides a closer look at the Floridan Aquifer, located at Olsen Sink.

trees reflecting in the water at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Birding at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

As you walk along the interpretive trail and learn more about the cave and the aquifer you may also notice Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Barred Owls, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, woodpeckers, warblers, vireos, wood ducks, thrashers, wrens, swallows, and egrets.

Nature and Wildlife at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

You may see deer, raccoons, beavers, river otters, alligators, snakes, lizards, turtles and bobcats in addition to many bird species during your visit to Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park. Keep an eye open for wildflowers, you may get a glimpse of a Giant Swallowtail, Texan Crescent or Zebra Longwing butterfly.

Pets at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Pets are allowed at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park as long as they are well-behaved and kept on a hand held leash no longer than 6 feet. Pets are not allowed in the springs.

Camping Near Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Swim, scuba dive, picnic and have a fun and relaxing day inside Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park. Then drive over to nearby Suwannee River State Park (3631 201st Path in Live Oak) and spend the night under the shady oaks and along the Suwannee River.

The campground features 30 sites and 2 group camping areas. Each has electricity, water, a picnic table, fire ring and access to nearby restrooms and showers.

This park also offers spacious riverside cabins with 2 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes, heat and A/C, and screened-in porches. Pets are not allowed and there is a 2 night minimum stay for cabin reservations.

Plan a day or two to explore Suwannee State Park’s 1,800 acres of streams, rivers, springs, native forest area and limestone outcropping. Plants, wildflowers and wildlife abound inside this serene area that’s ideal for hiking, kayaking, fishing and bird watching.

Park Location

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park
180th St
Live Oak, FL 32060
Phone: 386.776.2194

Park Website

Map

Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park: