Just down the beaten path lies the small town of High Springs, an eco-tourism destination that attracts swimmers, cave divers, snorkelers and scuba divers from far and wide. A settlement was established in the High Springs area in the 1830s, and the town began to develop in the 1880s after a railroad was constructed and several phosphate mines were established. The city was incorporated in 1892. Located about 20 miles outside of Gainesville, High Springs is home to over 5,000 people. Visitors are attracted to the 22-square-miletown by the unique antique shops like the Main Street Antique Mall and a promise of an outdoor adventure in the springs, rivers and state parks. Downtown is home to numerous galleries, shops, bed and breakfasts and restaurants, including the Great Outdoor Restaurant and the Opera House entertainment venue located upstairs. Downtown shops display crafts and artwork by local and well-known artisans, according to the Visit Florida website. Visitors who take the High Springs walking tour will visit the original High Springs train station, which has been restored and now serves as a quaint sandwich and ice cream shop. Filled with what could possibly the clearest and bluest water in all of Florida, the five springs that flow through High Springs offer a great water adventure or a lazy day floating easily down the river. All five of the springs stay a cool 72 degrees year-round. Some of the famous nature attractions in High Springs include: Ginnie Springs, Blue Springs, Ichetucknee River, Poe Springs, the Santa Fe River and O’Leno State Park, all of which provide swimming and diving resources. Another signature High Springs water experience is the Full Moon Canoe Trip offered by local outfitters, including the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost. For those who are looking for adventure but would rather stay dry, there are also several nature preserves for bird watching, observing wildlife of various species, hiking, backcountry cycling and horseback riding. A weekend getaway in High Springs is sure to make you feel refreshed and revitalized. Locals are waiting to welcome you to what was actually voted “the friendliest small town” in Florida. The city of over 5,000 is located at the northwest edge of Alachua County on U.S. 441 and U.S. 27. Known for its abundance of natural springs, High Springs attracts visitors from all over the region.
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