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

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Branford Springs
Suwannee County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -2nd magnitude
    • Scenery fair -good
    • How Pristine? platform, cleared land, recreation/park/swimming area
    • Swimming -fair-good
    • Protection -good
    • Crowds -heavy on warm weekends
    • Access -excellent
    • Facilities -fine
    • Safety -very good
    • Scuba -no
    • Cost -free
    Full Directions

    Branford Spring is located on the east side of the Suwannee River, justsouth of the U.S. 27 bridge that crosses the river. Turn south into IveyMemorial Park; the spring is on the right about 150 feet from the bridge.

    Spring Description

    Branford Springs has two vents that together form a peanut-shell-shapedpool that flows directly into the Suwannee River. The main flow is froma vent of about 8 feet in depth just off the wooden platform that formsa perimeter around the SE side of the spring. This spring pool is circularand perhaps 40 feet in diameter. The second vent is in the lower, smallerpool and is about 5 feet deep. Water in the spring is generally clear andgreenish. There is usually some trash in the spring and along its banks.The land around the spring is a municipal park, and there are a cypresstrees on the perimeter of the spring and its run.

    Use/Access

    • Branford Springs is a local swimmin’ hole for the citizenry from the townnamed for it. On any warm weekend, one will readily see bathers runningoff the wooden platform and doing cannonballs into the water.
    • There is a boat ramp next to the spring, and the surrounding municipalpark has picnic facilities, water, and bathrooms.
    • There is a dive/canoe shop in a small building adjacent to the spring.The canoe shop is a good place for gear or maps to area springs.
    Local Springiana
    • The flood of 1998—one of the Suwannee’s highest floods of the century—completelyinundated the dive shop next to the spring.
    Personal Impressions

    Despite its famous name, Branford Spring is somewhat drab and plaincompared to some of its brilliant spring neighbors.

    Nearby Springs

    • Suwannee Blue, Royal, Bathtub, Convict, Owens, Mearson, Ruth, Sulfur, Shingle,Sulfur, Cow, Running
    Other Nearby Natural Features
    • Suwannee River State Park
    • Itchetucknee River State Park