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

Unnamed Chipola Rock Overhang Seep
Jackson County
Summary of Features
  • Scale—1 gallon per minute, estimated 
  • Scenery—Very good 
  • How Pristine?—Very pristine 
  • Swimming—No 
  • Protection—Unknown 
  • Crowds—None 
  • Access—Good, by boat only, then on foot up/over the bank 
  • Facilities—None 
  • Safety—Good 
  • Scuba—No 
  • Cost—Free

Accessible via small boat.  From the center of Marianna on U.S.90, go north on Jefferson Street (State Road 167—the same turn as for FloridaCavern State Park) and proceed about 1.5 miles to the bridge over the ChipolaRiver. Put in and go downstream about 6.5 miles.  The spring is onthe east bank, just below the two spring runs that cascade/tumble intothe river.  Look for a limestone shelf that overhangs the river; thespring is 10 feet behind it.  GPS coordinates: N30.44.503; W85.12.609.

For maps, driving directions, satellite imagery, and topographicrepresentations as well as weather conditions at this spring, go to GregJohnson's informative "Florida Springs Database" web site at the followingaddress:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
The spring is set in a small depression (about 8 feet in diameter and3 feet deep) that lies just behind exposed limestone on the east bank ofthe Chipola River.  Water trickles of seep from the base of this depressionon the east side.  When the flow is sufficient, it travels out ofthe depression and into the river at the base of an overhanging limestonledge (the ledge is 4-5 feet across).  Flow was visible in the depressionon both dates of visit in March 2004, but it was only observed flowingdirectly into the river on the early March date, after a period of normalrainfall.  When the weather is drier, the flow seeps back into theground in the depression.

There is no apparent use of the spring, which is in a pristine condition.

Nearby Springs
Baltzell (or Bosel or Bozel) Springs group
Blue Hole Spring
Sandbag Spring
Unamed Grotto/Wastewater Spring
Unnamed Alcove Spring
Unnamed Chipola Riverbank Springs
Dykes Spring
Unnamed Spring Cascade
Delightful Grotto Spring and Cascade
Unnamed 2-Tree/3-Trailer Seep
Unnamed Possible Chipola Spring Runs (5)
Unnamed Chipola West Bank Seeps
Unnamed Limestone Boulders Spring
Possible Spring Run Near Highway 280 Bridge
Merrit’s Mill Pond Springs (Jackson Blue, Shangri-La, Twin Caves, IndianWashtub, Gator)
Spring Lake Springs (Black, Double, Gadsen [or Gadsden], Millpond,Springboard, Coffin)

Other Nearby Natural Features
Florida Caverns State Park
Three Rivers State Park
Falling Water State Park
Torreya State Park
Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve