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

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Bonnet Spring
Suwannee County
Summary of Features
  • Scale -2nd or 3rd magnitude
  • Scenery -fine
  • How Pristine? -unspoiled
  • Swimming -not recommended
  • Protection -excellent
  • Wildlife -excellent
  • Crowds -very small
  • Access -fair to good
  • Facilities -none
  • Safety -fair to good
  • Scuba -yes
  • Cost -free
Quick Directions
In the west end of the Peacock Springs State Recreation Area about 1,000 feet from Luraville Road. Address and web liink for Peacock Springs State Park: 18081 185th Road, Live Oak, FL 32060, 386-776-2194, www.stateparks.com/peacock_springs_state_park_in_florida.html

Full Directions
From Mayo, drive north on State Road 51. After about 4 miles, cross the Suwannee River. The flashing light at Luraville is another 1-1.5 miles north, just past the agriculture weigh station. There is a country store on the left at the flashing light. Turn right at the light onto Luraville Road. Drive about 1.8 miles and look for State Recreation Area Boundary marker and gate on the right. Park, climb gate, and walk about 0.2 miles south to the spring.

Spring Description
The land drops abruptly away from the path and down about 15 feet to the spring and its pool. The spring is in an area of deep hardwood forest and cypress trees. The pool is about 75 feet wide and 150 long before tapering into its run and slough. There is exposed limestone in the spring pool. The spring forms the headwaters of Peacock Slough, which runs about 0.2 miles before joining with the flow from Peacock, and then flows through swamp to the Suwannee River about 1.5 miles to the south. On the dates of visit, the water in the spring was very brown. According to Rosenau et al (1977, p. 357-8), the pool is up to 30 feet deep at the vent and about 4 feet deep otherwise. Several alligators were in the pool on the dates RB and JF visited, and herons were observed.

Use/Access

  • Part of the Peacock Springs State Recreation Area. Bonnet is not accessed from the main entrance but rather from Luraville Road and is therefore free.
  • The spring offers access to spectacular underwater caverns, but the dark water and abundance of alligators do not invite swimming.
  • The site is also used for fishing.
Nearby Springs
  • Peacock
  • Orange Grove
  • Charles
  • Allen Mill Pond
  • Cow
  • Running
  • Bathtub
  • Convict
  • Thomas
  • Perry
Other Nearby Natural Features
  • Challenge Sink
  • Other Sinkholes in Peacock State Recreation Area
Contact Information:
    Peacock Springs SRA
    c/o Ichetucknee Springs State Park
    904-776-2194