Reporting from Pitt and Sylvan Springs

Pitt and Sylvan Springs in Youngstown, Florida, is just one of the state's many beautiful blue springs that feed into Ecofina Creek. The park is on Highway 20 in Bay County, and there are plenty of signs along the route that make the entrance easy to spot from the road. There are parking areas right off the highway and also inside the park.

The park has pavilions with picnic tables and grills, so it is the perfect place for a fun day of swimming and grilling. The bathrooms were clean at the time of our visit. This spring is an awesome location to bring the family or to meet friends for a fun summer day at the park. If you are traveling through the area, stop in and enjoy all the natural beauty this park has to offer.

Swimming

The water at the spring is clear and is surrounded by plentiful foliage and rocks with stairs like you would see in a swimming pool. The natural spring feeds into Ecofina Creek, a paddling trail that is popular for kayaking and tubing.  The temperature of the springs ranges from sixty-eight to seventy-two degrees, so if you are looking for a good place to beat the Florida summertime heat, this place will definitely do the job.

For those who can endure the colder water, this is a great swimming and snorkeling spot. We aren't as strong when it comes to cold water, so we didn't stay in very long. After this cold water experience, we decided tubes are the best way to enjoy the springs. There were many families and groups paddling, but we didn't for this trip. We plan on going back to do the creek run on the kayaks in the future.