|Summary of Features|
- In the 1990s, Cow Spring was purchased an d preserved from development bythe Cave Diving Section of the National Speleological Society. Access to the spring is now only available through this organization. Theirweb site is www.nsscds.org.
- The run is not navigable and is hard to see through the thick foliage.The authors have not tried to find where it enters the Suwannee River.
- There was garbage in the parking area on the dates the authors visited.
- The spring is a popular dive spot.
- Swimming and snorkeling are possible in the spring, but the area is smalland deep.
- JF found a broken spear point at the bottom of the spring.
- Suwannee Blue
From Mayo, drive north on State Road 51. After about 4 miles, you willcross the Suwannee River. The flashing light at Luraville is another 1-1.5miles north, just past the agriculture weigh station. There is a countrystore on the left at the flashing light. Turn right at the light onto LuravilleRoad and drive about 3.5 miles. At intersection with church on the left,turn right (south) and go about 1.2 miles. There will be a sand road onthe left that leads 200 yards to the 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
The spring pool is in a steep depression set in heavy forest and floodplain.The pool is oval, about 25 by 35 feet and framed by large limestone boulders.The pool is open to the south where the spring run flows several hundredfeet to the Suwannee through dense foliage. The water is very clear andblue on sunny days. There is duckweed on parts of the surface. The poolis approximately 25 feet deep and leads to a large cave opening that islinked with the Peacock underwater cavern system. A boil is visible onthe surface. There is a large fallen tree trunk in the spring as well aslarge boulders and small fish.
Cow is a lovely spring that has a very remote feel to it. A weekdayvisitor would likely have the site to him- or herself.