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

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Brunson Landing Spring
Washington County

Summary of Features
  • Scale -2nd magnitude 
  • Scenery - good
  •  How Pristine? - very pristine 
  • Swimming - fair-good in main spring 
  • Protection - unknown 
  • Crowds - some swimming at main spring 
  • Access - somewhat difficult, by foot only 
  • Facilities - none at springs 
  • Safety - fair to good 
  • Scuba - possible at main spring 
  • Cost - free 

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Quick Directions
n Holmes Creek north of Vernon.  From the main intersection inVernon, drive north on State Road 79, after crossing the bridge over HolmesCreek, continue 1/10 mile and then turn left (east) onto County road 278. Go about three miles, then turn left onto Dorch Circle.  Go aboutone block then bear left onto Brunson Landing Springs Road and continue3/4 mile to the landing.  Facing the river, walk to the right (upriver)on a trail along the river.  Bear right at an isla nd and conti nueto follow the path (perhaps 900 feet total) to the three springs.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and t opographic representations as well as  weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Three springs make up the Brunson Landing Springs Group.  The firstor most downstream spring is an oval seep pool about 30 feet long, 20 feetwide, and a few inches deep.  Water in the pool is clear, and thebottom is very muddy.  Water flows from the seep pool into the littlerun separating the island from the land.  The second pool is alsoa seep pool and is circular--about 12 feet in diameter on date of visitin May 2002.  Water in the pool was clear and only a few inches deep,a mild brown and muddy sand boil could be seen in the center of the pool. Trickling run from this pool flowed into the first seep pool.

The third spring forms a pool that is about 35 feet across and approximately20 feet deep.  Water in the spring is clear and dark blue.  Limestone,fallen tree trunks, limbs, and tree roots are visible in the pool. There is a platform in a tree next to the pool.  The spring formsa run that forks to create the island and to join the small flows fromthe other two springs.

All three springs lie in an area of dense floodplain forest, and mushof the trail was muddy on date of visit in May 2002.  The springsare all canopied and have daek material on their bottoms, reducing visibility. In the large spring, however, some sunlight reached the pool creating thedeep blue hue.

Spring Description
Three springs make up the Brunson Landing Springs Group.  Thefirst or most downstream spring is an oval seep pool about 30 feet long,20 feet wide, and a few inches deep.  Water in the pool is clear,and the bottom is very muddy.  Water flows from the seep pool intothe little run separating the island from the land.  The second poolis also a seep pool and is circular--about 12 feet in diameter on dateof visit in May 2002.  Water in the pool was clear and only a fewinches deep, a mild brown and muddy sand boil could be seen in the centerof the pool.  Trickling run from this pool flowed into the first seeppool.

The third spring forms a pool that is about 35 feet across and approximately20 feet deep.  Water in the spring is clear and dark blue.  Limestone,fallen tree trunks, limbs, and tree roots are visible in the pool. There is a platform in a tree next to the pool.  The spring formsa run that forks to create the island and to join the small flows fromthe other two springs.

All three springs lie in an area of dense floodplain forest, and mushof the trail was muddy on date of visit in May 2002.  The springsare all canopied and have daek material on their bottoms, reducing visibility. In the large spring, however, some sunlight reached the pool creating thedeep blue hue.

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Use/Access

Local Springiana
Brunson Landing is a traditional site of baptisms.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features