|Summary of Features
In Steinhatchee, from the intersection of State Roads 50 and 361, drive north on SR 361. After passing through most of the town, the waterfront, and the marina, turn left onto 3rd Avenue North and proceed two blocks to the spring.
The spring is surrounded by a sandbag retaining wall on three sides and a concrete wall at the downstream end to raise the water level, prevent erosion, and form a pool for swimming. A breach in the middle of the concrete wall allows water to pass through to the spring run. The pool is rectangular and about 20 by 35 feet. On date of visit, the overall pool was about 3 feet deep. Water flowed from at least two points at the head of the pool, creating clear slicks on the surface. Limestone could be seen beneath the water, but the water was green and not very clear. The spring run was covered in dense foliage, and its characteristics were difficult to discern. It appeared to flow a short distance into a marsh and thence into the Gulf of Mexico. A large tree on one side of the spring provided a rope swing and jumping-off point for the spring.
- The spring is on private property.
- The spring appears to be used for swimming and jumping.
- No-see-ums were much in evidence when the authors visited the site in February 2001.
- When JF climbed the tree next to the spring to gain a better photographic perspective, he was joined by a hungry tick.
Look but don’t swim—Eva is another spring in private hands.
- Steinhatchee Rise
- Eva Spring
- Bradley Spring
- Econfina River State Park
- Steinhatchee Falls
- Wacissa River/Slave Canal
- Wakulla Springs State Park
- St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge