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

    Full Directions
    From Mayo, travel northwest on U.S. 27/SR 20 for 3-4 miles. Turn rightonto Highway 251B and proceed about three miles to tract entrance. Turningright at the sign (also at the house of the tract caretaker) will leaddown a dirt road to the lower end of the spring run. The spring is furthernorth on 251B. Look for roped-off entrance on the right just after thepaved road ends. Walk into the entrance, turn left, walk about 75 yards.Then at crossroad at small building, turn right onto trail. Then take thefirst left (after a sinkhole on the left) and walk down to the spring.

    For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satellite imagery,and topographic representations as well as weather conditions at this spring,go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database" web site atthe following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

    Spring Description
    The spring lies in a low swampy karst area that is pockmarked withsinkholes and surface limestone. The area around the spring is wooded floodplain,with cypress and hardwood trees in abundance and dense vegetation in thesummer. 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 4-6feet deep, about 3 feet wide, and 9 feet long.

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


    Local SpringianaPersonal Impressions

    The site is lovely, wild, picturesque, and remote, making it a favoriteof 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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    Contact Information
    Suwannee River Water Management District
    9225 CR49
    Live Oak, FL 32060