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

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Cedar Head Spring (on the Ichetucknee)

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -3rd magnitude
  • Scenery -very good
  • How Pristine? -completely unspoiled
  • Swimming -no
  • Protection -excellent
  • Crowds -none
  • Access -moderately difficult
  • Facilities -fine nearby
  • Safety -good, watch for poisonous plants
  • Scuba -no
  • Cost -varies by use--see Use/Access below


Quick Directions (address: 12087 SW U.S. Highway 27 Fort White, FL 32038 (386) 497-4690)

Directions . From Branford, drive SE on U.S. 27 for about 10 miles. Turn north (left)

From Branford, drive SE on U.S. 27 for about 10 miles. Turn north (left) at park sign onto State Road 137. Take first paved road on the right (State Road 238) to the park entrance on the right. The spring is between Ichetucknee and Blue Hole Springs. Walk to Blue Hole Spring and follow run from Cedar Head Spring 1,000 feet to the north.

Spring Description

The spring lies at the head of a 1,000-foot run that empties into the pool for Blue Hole Spring in Ichetucknee Springs State Park. The spring area is of irregular shape and perhaps 20 by 50 feet in an area of heavy forest and rolling karst terrain. There is a 5-foot limestone bank on the west side of the run, and a low bank on the east side. Water in the spring is clear, but the spring head is difficult to see due to the overhanging bank and foliage that blocks a clear view. The run is about 15 feet wide and 1-2 feet deep.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

The authors were glad to finally see the spring after being within 1,000 feet of it on a dozen occasions.  At the same time, they felt like intruders on the unspoiled scene and ruined a perfectly good morning for a dozen wood ducks wintering at the spring head.

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