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    High Springs The refreshing getaway is also a great place to live

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    Welcome to High Springs

    High Springs is a charming little town in the heart of North Central Florida’s spring country, about 20 miles northwest of Gainesville. A popular place to stage a scuba diving excursion at Ginnie Springs or a tube float down the Ichetucknee River, High Springs also features a pocket-size historic downtown with restaurants, boutiques, and antique shops. For more everyday shopping and services, the towns of Alachua and Newberry are ten and fifteen minutes away by car, respectively. Gainesville is about 30 minutes east.

    What’s It Like to Live in High Springs?

    Life in High Springs is all about getting out there and enjoying nature, but the town is no slouch either. The spruced up historic center offers a number of dining options and boutiques, a volunteer theater company–even a restored movie theater where you can watch current films at bargain prices.

    Just a stone’s throw from the town center you find lush state parks, pastures, and of course the many springs that put the town on the map as a world class diving destination. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in and around town.

    Things to Do Around High Springs

    1. Poe Springs

    Poe Springs Park is home to miles of hiking trails, picnic spots, sports fields, and of course, Poe Springs. These natural springs are clear and cool and amazingly refreshing on a hot summer day. The areas around the shore are shallow and appropriate for children, but the spring itself can be as deep as 25 feet! (Entry is free.)

    2. Ginnie Springs

    Ginnie Springs offers an impressive network of underwater caves where certified divers can explore the underwater flora and fauna. But you don’t have to be scuba certified to have a good time at Ginnie Springs. Paddleboarding, snorkeling, and tubing are also popular ways to enjoy the springs. There are a number of campsites that can be reserved ahead of time (recommended during the hot season). You’ll be glad to know that alligators do not like cold water, and rarely make an appearance around Ginnie Springs, though rowdy college students are not an uncommon sighting. (There is a modest entry fee.)

    3. Tubing on the Ichetucknee

    For a more serene aquatic experience, we recommend river tubing down the Ichetucknee, a few minutes northwest of High Springs by car. The river’s crystalline waters are shaded from the sun by trees, making for a relaxing way to take in the scenery and wildlife. Wildlife that have been spotted from the river include white-tailed deer, raccoons, wood ducks, and great blue herons. Check out a map of the river with popular stopping points here.

    4. Dining Options

    Head back to dry land for a bite at Headwaters, a modern update on the classic American diner that doubles as a local watering hole (LGBTQ+ friendly). Check out their Instagram for the latest specials.

    Don’t forget to stop by High Springs Brewing Company, a family-owned craft brewery, to sample their latest offerings or take in a live show. They’re open 7 days a week. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.

    You might also try the iconic Great Outdoors, a steakhouse and catering hall occupying two floors of a restored brick building that once housed an opera.

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    High Springs Public School Zones

    • Pre-K – 9: High Springs Community School
    • Middle School: A.L. Mebane Middle School (6-8) in neighboring Alachua, FL
    • High School: Santa Fe High School in Alachua, FL

    All of these schools belong to the Alachua County school district.

    Final Thoughts

    As you can see, High Springs offers a lot more than beautiful scenery. With homes at affordable prices in a great school district, and a new generation of small businesses enlivening the downtown, High Springs is a great place to put down roots. Interested in buying a home in High Springs or having one built on a vacant lot? Browse the listings below or talk to your realtor at Rabell to find out what’s available today.

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