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This is your sign to go to Cypress Spring

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. We are heading into the middle of summer if there’s something about July and August heat that speaks to us Floridians like nothing else. Fortunately, our backyard is a giant, emerald swimming pool. Unfortunately, Florida gets so hot in the dead of summer, even that giant swimming pool will make you sweat.

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I have found the only real way to spend your time outdoors without succumbing to dangerously high mercury levels is by visiting ‘real Florida’. The hundreds of springs populating the panhandle and beyond, one of them being a short hour and a half drive away. Cypress Spring — Close enough to go and come back before dinner time and far enough away to feel like you escaped the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine. This has to be one of my favorite springs — mainly because of its beauty, but also because of its proximity. 

Cypress Spring stays in the 68-degree range year-round and is approximately 150 feet in diameter with a maximum depth of 29 feet. The crystal clear water allows for you to see the spring clearly. One thing you must know is Cypress Spring is only accessible by a water craft (think kayak, canoe or paddle board) so don’t leave home without one of the three. Luckily if you don’t have one, you can rent them at Cypress Springs Adventures. I would recommend bringing your own to save some money, but there are plenty of rentals if you need. The rental companies will also shuttle you to and from the canoe and kayak launches which can definitely be convenient.

If you decide to bring your own watercraft , here’s how to get to the spring.

Cotton Landing is a great place to start and launch your canoe or paddleboard because it’s a short paddle to the spring and there is plenty of parking. You can use Cotton Landing in Google Maps to find the launch area. On Google Maps it looks like there’s nothing there, but there is a gravel road that will lead you from the main road to the parking area.

At Cotton Landing, face the water with your back to the parking lot. To start the route, you’ll be turning left and going with the flow of the water. After a little while you make a right turn to follow the side trail around towards the spring. It’s easy to see this turn because there are arrows spray painted on the trees. The turn is really the first turn with a clear water path so it’s pretty easy to follow. After a short 10-20 minute paddle, you’re there!

Quick Facts for Cypress Spring

Where is it located?

Vernon, just under two hours from Pensacola.

What is the cost?

There’s no cost for parking or visiting the spring.

How much time do you need?

For a quick visit, you could paddle there, swim a little and be done in 2 hours. Otherwise, you can easily spend half a day relaxing in the sun and swimming.

What should you bring with you?

  • Paddle Board or Kayak
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof bag
  • Snorkel gear
  • Rash guard (the water is cold)
  • Underwater camera
  • Floaty or noodle to float on (if you like to float on the water)

Happy paddling friends! Stay cool and remember, we don’t sweat, we glisten!

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Elli Gentile is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but Pensacola has always had her heart. She is happiest whilst near the sea and a wanderlust at heart. Elli graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri — Columbia (MIZZOU) in 2011 and finds joy in not only sharing the stories of others, but sharing her own stories of traveling, conquering cancer and her lust for life. Follow her fun on Instagram @elligentile.