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

Directions

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 Florida Cavern State Park) and proceed about 1.5 miles to the bridge over the Chipola River. Put in and go downstream about 6.5 miles.  The spring is on the east bank, just below the two spring runs that cascade/tumble into the river.  Look for a limestone shelf that overhangs the river; the spring is 10 feet behind it.  GPS coordinates: N30.44.503; W85.12.609.

Spring Description

The spring is set in a small depression (about 8 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep) that lies just behind exposed limestone on the east bank of the Chipola River.  Water trickles of seep from the base of this depression on the east side.  When the flow is sufficient, it travels out of he depression and into the river at the base of an overhanging limeston ledge (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 flowing directly into the river on the early March date, after a period of normal rainfall.  When the weather is drier, the flow seeps back into the ground in the depression.

Use/Access

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

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