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

Devil's Ear Spring

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - good to excellent
  • How Pristine? - adjacent to developed camp/swim/dive/recreation area, some exotics, otherwise fairly pristine
  • Swimming - fair to very good, excellent snorkeling
  • Protection - very good
  • Crowds - moderate on warm weekends
  • Access - good
  • Facilities - excellent
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - yes
  • 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 http://ginniespringsoutdoors.com/park-info/. 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 lies in the bed of the Santa Fe River just beyond the mouth of the Little Devil/Devil’s Eye Springs run and is marked by a tethered red ball.  As with Devil's Eye Spring nearby, Devil's Ear is a large and dramatic limestone shaft.  The spring creates a pronounced boil. There is not really a spring pool, as the spring is in the river itself beyond where the Devil's run meets the river.  The spring opening is perhaps ten feet deep and wide enough for divers to descend into a chimney-like cave system that is connected back to Devil’s Eye Spring 100 feet away. The bottom is about 30 feet deep.

Water flowing from the spring is clear and creates a prominent boilon the surface.  The tea-colored water of the Santa Fe River sometimes obscures the clear spring water.  When the river is clear, however, visibility is very good.  Water in the spring is clear and can be blue or green depending on lighting and other conditions.  The inteconnected cavern systems associated with this and other springs at Ginnie Spring shave been mapped for 33,000 feet.  Over 30,000 divers visit the Ginnie Springs complex each year.  Water in the spring is around 72 degrees. Studies show that the springs are fed by two watersheds that encompass 300 square miles (Rauch, 2003).

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