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

Cork Spring

Lafayette County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -3rd Magnitude (est.)
  • Scenery -very good
  • How Pristine? -very unspoiled
  • Swimming -no
  • Protection -unknown
  • Crowds -none
  • Access -river only
  • Facilities -none
  • Safety -fair
  • Scuba -no
  • Cost -free

Quick Directions

On the west bank of the Suwannee River about 1.5 miles east of the hamlet of Day.

Full Directions

Put in boat or canoe at either Charles Spring or Allen Mill Pond Spring boat ramps. Go upriver 2-2.5 miles and look for spring in a cut of the berm on the left (west bank).

Spring Description

The spring is small and may be hard to spot when the river is high or even at normal levels. On the date of visit (early 2000), the river was more than six feet below normal and the spring flow poured into the river over a limestone shelf. The spring flows from a boulder-strewn limestone bank/grotto. The spring creates a cut in the natural river levee, which makes it stand out on this stretch of river. Flow was evident, but no vent was clearly visible amidst the limestone boulders and fallen limbs, and the spring had no real pool. The run is about 75 feet and was littered with garbage on the date of visit. The flow was estimated to be about 10 gallons per second.

Use/Access

A house was visible on the land above the spring, but the site was not posted. The trash on the site suggests it is used for recreation and/or as a hangout.

Personal Impressions

The spring would likely appear very different in times of higher water. It was not attractive on the date of visit. The authors were actually searching (unsuccessfully) for another spring when they spotted Cork.

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