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

Darby Spring
Alachua County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - fair
  • How Pristine? - exotics in water, dock adjacent to spring, cleared landand highway nearby
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - adjacent to private land
  • Access - very good
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - unknown
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free

Directions
From downtown High Springs drive about two miles north on U.S. 41/441to bridge over the Santa Fe. The boat ramp to the river is on the NW sideof the bridge. Put in and go upriver about 100 yards to spring run on theright. Look for small dock.

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
The spring lies in a pool that is just above where the 0.8 mile runfrom Hornsby Spring joins the Santa Fe River. On date of visit (April 2000),the water was completely covered in exotic aquatic vegetation and cloggedto the point that it could not be canoed. The vent from the spring, measuredby Hornsby & Ceryak at 9.6 MGD from a vent ten feet deep (1998, p.21), was not visible. Land rose up above the spring and was cleared andgrassy.

Use/Access
The land around the pool is private and posted. A swinging bench isbuilt into a small platform above the small dock near the spring.

Personal Impressions
The clogged spring was unappealing and a disappointment—the legacyof invasive exotics.

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