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 about1,000 feet from Luraville Road.

Full Directions
From Mayo, drive north on State Road 51. After about 4 miles, you willcross the Suwannee River. The flashing light at Luraville is another 1-1.5miles north, just past the agriculture weigh station. There is a countrystore on the left at the flashing light. Turn right at the light onto LuravilleRoad. Drive about 1.8 miles and look for State Recreation Area Boundarymarker and gate on the right. Park, climb gate, and walk about 0.2 milessouth 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 land drops abruptly away from the path and down about 15 feet tothe spring and its pool. The spring is in an area of deep hardwood forestand cypress trees. The pool is about 75 feet wide and 150 long before taperinginto its run and slough. There is exposed limestone in the spring pool.The spring forms the headwaters of Peacock Slough, which runs about 0.2miles before joining with the flow from Peacock, and then flows throughswamp to the Suwannee River about 1.5 miles to the south. On the datesof visit, the water in the spring was very brown. According to Rosenauet al (1977, p. 357-8), the pool is up to 30 feet deep at the vent andabout 4 feet deep otherwise. Several alligators were in the pool on thedates RB and JF visited, and herons were observed.

Use/Access

  • Part of the Peacock Springs State Recreation Area. Bonnet is not accessedfrom the main entrance but rather from Luraville Road and is thereforefree.
  • The spring offers access to spectacular underwater caverns, but the darkwater 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