Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Allen Mill Pond Spring
Lafayette County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -2nd magnitude
    • Scenery -outstanding
    • How Pristine? -very pristine; little evidence of past use as mill, campground, and homestead
    • Swimming -no
    • Protection -excellent
    • Wildlife -very good
    • Crowds -none
    • Access -good
    • Facilities -none
    • Safety -good
    • Scuba -no
    • Cost -free

    Springhead in winter

    Springhead in summer

    Spring run

    Springhead in winter
    Run mouth at Suwannee
    Spring run

    Web link for info and map: www.srwmd.state.fl.us/index.aspx?nid=232. Allen Mill Pond from Dowling Park: Cross the Suwannee River on CR 250, turn left on NW CR 251; travel 8 miles to CR 292, turn left on CR 292; travel 3 miles and the paved road makes a 90-degree turn to the right, turn right and the entrance to Lafayatte Blue Springs State Park is a short distance on the left. Allen Mill Pond from Mayo: Travel north on US 27, turn right on CR 292; travel north on CR 292 4 miles and the entrance to Allen Mill Pond is on the right.

    Spring Description
    The spring lies in a low swampy karst area that is pockmarked with sinkholes and surface limestone. The area around the spring is wooded floodplain, with cypress and hardwood trees in abundance and dense vegetation in the summer. The first and main vent is at the head of the elongated pool andis a canoe-shaped opening in the limestone with a gentle boil. It is 4-6 feet deep, about 3 feet wide, and 9 feet long.

    The spring pool or first part of the run--which ends in a 90-degree turn where there is a small dam that is the remnant of a 19th century corn mill--is S-shaped and approximately 175 feet long. It is shallow and the water is clear. The run continues after the dam for about 1,000 yards to the Suwannee and is from 1-3 feet deep. The authors found a second vent near the head vent, but not three vents as described in Rosenau et al. (1977, p. 198).


    Local Springiana Personal Impressions

    The site is lovely, wild, picturesque, and remote, making it a favorite of the authors in terms of its natural beauty. It is best to visit in winter, for the lush terrain is wildly overgrown in summer.

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