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

Devil's Eye Spring

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? -  steps to water, land cleared around spring, developedcamp/swim/dive/recreation area, otherwise fairly 
  • pristine
  • Swimming - excellent, outstanding snorkeling
  • Protection - very good
  • Crowds - heavy on warm weekends
  • Access - excellent
  • Facilities - excellent
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - yes
  • Cost - $10 to swim

Directions

Part of the Ginnie Springs complex. From High Springs, drive southon U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (PoeSprings Road), drive about 6.5 miles, and then turn right onto graded roadat sign for Ginnie Springs. Follow another mile to the entrance.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description

Devil's Eye Spring is a dramatic cylindrical limestone shaft that liesin a large clear pool in the lower end of the Little Devil Spring run about50 feet from the Santa Fe River.  It is marked by a tethered red ball. The shaft is about 18 feet across and about 20 feet deep.  At thebottom of the shaft on the west side is a cavern entrance that, accordingto DeLoach (1997, p. 86) leads to a depth of 65 feet and exits out of nearbyDevil's Ear Spring.  About 10 feet down on the east side is a naturallimestone seat.  Water in the spring is very clear and can be a deep,even glowing, blue.  Under other conditions, the water can be greenish,and the spring is subject to flooding by the Santa Fe River when the riveris high.  The full run is about 300 feet in length.  Water inthe spring is clear and can be blue or green depending on lighting andother conditions.  The inteconnected cavern systems associated withthis and other springs at Ginnie Springs have been mapped for 33,000 feet. Over 30,000 divers visit the Ginnie Springs complex each year.  Waterin the spring is around 72 degrees.  Studies show that the springsare fed by two watersheds that encompass 300 square miles (Rauch, 2003).

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

One of the authors' all-time favorite springs. Devil's Eye is the mostdramatic of several cylindrical springs along the Santa Fe River. Mostof the other springs in this area fissures, and none of the cylindricalvents compares to Devil's Eye. On clear and quiet days, the clarity ofthe water in this spring can be absolute.

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Contact Information

Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-7188