Devil's Eye Spring
Summary of Features
- Scale - 2nd magnitude
- Scenery - excellent
- How Pristine? - steps to water, land cleared around spring, developedcamp/swim/dive/recreation area, otherwise fairly
- 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
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
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).
- Ginnie Springs is a full-facility recreation/dive site, with camping areasalong the river and near spring, a store, compressors for air tanks, scubalessons, tubing, picnic areas, bathrooms, and other concessions. The complex is the most popular freshwater diving location in the world.
- It is best to visit anytime but on a warm summer weekend, when the springwill be very crowded and have reduced visibility due to too many swimmersand divers in the water.
- Devil's Eye is the second of four major and attractive springs that liein almost a straight line going from the south to the north side of theriver. The other springs are Little Devil (at the southern end), Devil'sEar (in the river on t he south side), and July spring (in a large alcoveon the north side of the river). This happy alignment reminds JF of theconstellations in Orion's belt.
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.
- Poe Springs, Darby Spring, Hornsby Spring, ALA112791, ALA930971, Lily Springs,Pickard Springs, COL101971, Rum Island Springs, Blue Spring, Naked Spring,Johnson Spring, Ginnie Springs group, Sawdust Spring, COL1012972, COL1012971,GIL1012973, Myrtle's Fissure, GIL1012971, GIL1012972, 47 Boatramp Spring(or GIL1012974)
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- O'Leno State Park
- San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
- Devil's Millhopper State Geologic Site
- River Rise State Preserve
- Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
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High Springs, FL 32643