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

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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 - free from river; $14 for adults and $4 for children age 6-12 to swim

Directions

Part of the Ginnie Springs complex 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.a

Spring Description

Devil's Eye Spring is a dramatic cylindrical limestone shaft that lies in a large clear pool in the lower end of the Little Devil Spring run abou t50 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 the bottom of the shaft on the west side is a cavern entrance that, according to DeLoach (1997, p. 86) leads to a depth of 65 feet and exits out of nearby Devil's Ear Spring.  About 10 feet down on the east side is a natural limestone 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 inundation by the Santa Fe River when the river is high.  The full run is about 300 feet in length.  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 Springs have 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).

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

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

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