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

Deer Spring

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 3rd magnitude
  • Scenery - fair-good
  • How Pristine? - land cleared around spring, road near spring, exotics in water, posts around spring
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - good
  • Crowds - small
  • Access - excellent
  • Facilities - excellent
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free from river; $14 for adults and $4 for children age 6-12 to swim

Directions

Part of the Ginnie Springs complex at 5000 NE 60th Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643.

Web link and map at Website.

From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road), drive about 6.5 miles, and then turn right onto graded road at sign for Ginnie Springs. Follow another mile to the entrance.

Spring Description

The spring forms an oval pool, perhaps 60 by 30 feet, and is 2-5 feet deep. The fringes of the pool are choked with vegetation, but the water is clear over the center area and the vent, where a mild slick and limestones are visible. The vent is in the back end of the pool and appears to be 5-6 feet deep. The spring forms a shallow and narrow run about 200 feet to the Santa Fe River.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

Worth a look and that's about it; Deer does not have the visual or recreational appeal of the other springs in the Ginnie Springs complex.

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