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

Dogwood Spring
Gilchrist County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -2nd magnitude
    • Scenery -fine
    • How Pristine? -land partly cleared around spring, steps to water, developedcamping/swimming/recreation area
    • Swimming -good
    • Protection -very good
    • Crowds -heavy on warm weekends
    • Access -excellent
    • Facilities -excellent
    • Safety -fine
    • Scuba -no
    • 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) and drive about 6.5 miles and then turn right onto gradedroad at 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
    The spring is circular and approximately 30 feet in diameter. Water flows the center of the pool from limestone openings.  Thereis a visible boil or slick on the surface.  Water in the spring isvery clear except when the Santa Fe River is high, and the depth at thevent is about 10 feet. Water flows from an opening in the limestone thatis perhaps 6 feet wide.  Under sunny conditions, the spring is a verybright blue.  Water from the spring forms a run that is about 12 feetwide, 3-5 feet deep, and 250 feet to the Santa Fe River in the middle ofthe Ginnie Springs complex.  There is some hydrilla in the run. Water in the spring is clear and can be blue or green depending on lightingand other conditions.  The inteconnected cavern systems associatedwith this and other springs at Ginnie Springs have been mapped for 33,000feet.  Over 30,000 divers visit the Ginnie Springs complex each year. Water in the spring is around 72 degrees.  Studies show that the springsare fed by two watersheds that encompass 300 square miles (Rauch, 2003).

    Use/Access

    • The spring is in the camping area at Ginnie Springs, next to a dirt roadand a covered pavilion used for picnicking.
    • A wooden platform has been constructed on one side of the spring to providea view and access for swimmers and snorkelers.
    • Ginnie Springs is a full-facility recreation/dive site, with camping areasalong the river and near springs (including this spring), a store, compressorsfor air tanks, scuba lessons, tubing, picnic areas, bathrooms, and otherconcessions.
    • Canoers can paddle from the Santa Fe River up the run to the spring.
    • The lucky (and early) camper can reserve a campsite right next to thisspring.
    Local Springiana
    • Water from Dogwood Spr ing is tapped and bottled for sale. The pipe is notreadily visible from the surface. JF was told that 1 mgd is drawn fromthis spring and nearby Ginnie Spring. The owners of Gin ni e Spr ings supposedlyreceive $0.01 per gallon taken from the spring, which would total $3.65million per year if water were drawn every day.
    Personal Impressions
    Although small in comparison to the other springs at Ginnie, Dogwoodis very beautiful. Unlike the Devilsí Springs and Ginnie, one can standvery close to the vent and have a clear view of Dogwood. The temptationto jump in is powerful.

    Nearby Springs

    • 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
    • OíLeno State Park
    • San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
    • Devilís Millhopper State Geologic Site
    • River Rise State Preserve
    • Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
    Contact Information
    Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
    7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
    High Springs, FL 32643
    386-454-7188