Location: 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary
Open daily: Sunrise to sunset
The 212-acre Gemini Springs was purchased in 1994 through the combined efforts of Volusia County, the Trust for Public Lands, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Communities Trust. Approximately 6.5 million gallons of sparkling fresh water bubble up from the two springs each day.
Gemini Springs is between the town of Enterprise, which was a busy center of commerce and government in the early days of the Florida frontier, and the city of DeBary. The land passed through several hands before it was purchased by its last private owners, Saundra and Charles Gray, in 1969.
Farming operations at Gemini Springs in the 1800s included timber, citrus and tapping longleaf pine trees for turpentine. John H. Padgett, who bought the land around the turn of the century, is believed to have built the two story farmhouse and barn we see today. The Padgett family raised cattle and grew sugar cane, operating a cane press and selling sugar juice to passengers on the trains as they passed by on the railroad to Enterprise.
The Gray family gave Gemini Springs its name and raised prize-winning Santa Gertrudis cattle on the property. Under their ownership, the earthen dam and reservoir were built, along with the arched bridges, the stone barbeque building and the Spring House.
Help us protect and preserve the pristine beauty of Gemini Springs. Stay on the sidewalks and nature trails except to walk to a picnic table or park bench.
Many types of wildlife and vegetation can be observed at Gemini Springs. Please do not remove any plants from the park or harm the animals and birds which live here.
The split rail fences surrounding the water protect the natural vegetation, water quality and you! Please do not climb, jump or crawl on them.
Swimming is not permitted until further notice.
Fishing is allowed only on the fishing dock. You must have a valid, freshwater fishing permit.
Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, lantern-hook pole, grill and groomed sand. All are in proximity of restrooms. Please call for reservations 386-736-5953.
Camping fees for primitive tent camping only:
$15 per night + tax
Firewood $5 per site/night
Reservations: Per Ch.82 of the Volusia County Code the length of stay for authorized camping shall be no greater than seven (7) consecutive days or thirty (30) total days per calender year.