Summary of Features
- Scale - 3rd magnitude to dry
- Scenery - very good
- How Pristine? - very pristine
- Swimming - no
- Protection - private
- Crowds - none
- Access - private
- Scuba - no
From downtown High Springs, drive about two miles north on U.S. 41/441 to bridge over the Santa Fe River. The boat ramp to the river is on the NW side of the bridge. Put in and go upriver about 1/2 mile. Look for a small (3-5 feet) opening in the bank on the left that is the mouth of the spring.
The spring lies just behind the 4-6 foot bank of the Santa Fe River. On date of visit (April 2000), a time of drought, the spring contained water but was not flowing. The circular pool was 45 feet across and covered in duckweed. Hornsby & Ceryak (1998) describe the spring pool as "100 feet wide with a maximum depth of 15 feet and the run is approximately 15 feet long" (p. 35). They measured a flow of 1.54 MGD on April 28, 1998 (p. 35). In times of high water on the river, the spring would be flooded and would perhaps reverse.
- No apparent use. The spring is on private property.
Except in times of high water (when dark water would prevent a good look at the spring anyway), the spring cannot be canoed or otherwise entered by boat.
- Darby Spring
- Columbia Spring
- Hornsby Spring
- Santa Fe Spring
- Santa Fe River Rise Spring
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- O'Leno State Park
- San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
- Devil's Millhopper State Geologic Site
- River Rise State Preserve
- Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park