Unnamed Spring below Blue
Summary of Features
- Scale—3rd magnitude (est.)
- How Pristine?—pristine
- Access—fairly arduous, canoe and wading
As land access from Blue Springs is limited, one must canoe from Walsingham Bridge or Walsingham Park. From the intersection of State Road 20 and U.S.231 north of Panama City, drive west on SR20 about 7 miles to bridge over Econfina Creek. Continue another 1/3 mile, then turn right onto Strickland Road. Drive 2.6 miles to stop sign at T-junction. Turn left at stop sign onto what becomes Porter Park Road. Continue 2.3 miles, then turn right onto Hampshire Road. Continue 1.2 miles, then turn right at sign for Walsingham Bridge. Continue another 1.55 miles to one-lane plank Walsingham Bridge over Econfina Creek. There is a primitive launch at the SE edge of the bridge, or carry on another ¼ mile to Walsingham Park, which has a better boat launch. The mouth of the run of this spring run is just below the mouth of the Blue Springs Group run on the Econfina River, a little over 3 miles from the put-in.
The authors did not see this spring--rather only the mouth of its run--and wondereded if the flow—which is clearly from a spring—might actually be part of the spring flow from the nearby Blue Springs group. The mouth of the run is about 10 feet wide, a few inches deep, and is obscured by overhanging branches. Water is afew inches deep and clear. The shallow run ascends only about 50 feet before reaching a low (3-4 feet) limestone bank. Water flows both from beneath this bank and over it in a 3-foot cascade that is audible from Econfina Creek. Behind the bank is an irregular pool perhaps 50 feet wide and extending out of sight more than 150 feet away. The pool is also shallow, muddy,and filled with aquatic vegetation and fallen trees.
The authors did not feel comfortable wading in the muddy pool, and so did not locate the spring.
The area around the run is managed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District. Access is difficult, and waders would be recommended. There is no apparent use of this pristine spot.
While not inviting, the site was very intriguing. The authors would very much like to know if this flow is from the Blue Springs group or is a separate spring.
- Walsingham Spring
- Unnamed Econfina Creek-bed Spring
- Glowing Spring
- Washington Blue Spring Group
- Twin-run Grotto Springs Group
- Williford Spring
- Williford Run Spring
- Gainer Springs Group
- McCormick Springs Group
- Pitt Spring
- Sylvian (or Sullivan) Spring
- Ponce de Leon Springs
- Vortex Spring
- Cypress Spring
- Morrison Spring
Other Nearby Natural Features
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- St. Andrews State Recreation Area/li>
- Falling Waters State Recreation Area