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

Cedar Island (or Sandpiper) Spring
Taylor County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - steps to spring and development nearby, but spring verynatural
  • Swimming - good
  • Protection - very good
  • Crowds - small
  • Access - very good
  • Facilities - poor
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free



    From town of Salem, turn west off U.S. 19/98/27A ontoFish Creek Road and drive about 12 miles to State Road 361.  Turnright (north) on SR 361 and drive about 1.5 miles to entrance to CedarIsland development.  Turn left (west) into development.  Takesecond right onto Egret Lane and follow around left past a house on theright to dock/steps and sign for Sandpiper 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
    This submarine spring forms an oval pool approximately80 by 125 feet in a tidal salt marsh adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. The bottom slopes downward from the shore to a depth greater than fourfeet, which was the limit of visibility at date and time of visit at lowtide (evening, February 2001).  No flow was visible.  A woodenwalkway and steps lead into the spring from the adjacent parking area,and there are a couple of cedar trees between the spring and the road.


    Local Springiana

    The sign at the site calls the spring Sandpiper Spring.

    Personal Impressions
    The spring is in an attractive setting and is very accessibledue to the wooden steps into the water.  The authors would like toreturn on a sunny summer day and snorkel the site, but would need to getpermission to do so.

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