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

Gilchrist County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - poor-fair
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - very good, boat only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - unknown
  • Cost - free

From Branford, drive east/south on U.S. 27 about 4 miles to junctionwith U.S. 129. Drive south on U.S. 129 for about 5 miles, and turn right(west), immediately after passing the turn for State Road 138 (which ison the left/east). Drive on graded dirt road and then turn right/west onNW 39 Avenue to the Wanamake boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. (Note: theSanta Fe River is only about ¼ mile from the Suwannee River at thisboat ramp.) Put in and go upriver about ½ mile and look for springon the right/east side.

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

Spring Description
The spring forms a large pool at the edge of the river and is about75 feet across and semicircular. A small creek flows either from or intothe back of the pool. On date and time of visit (January 2001, just beforesunset), the water was not clear and no flow was visible. The land aroundthe spring is low and is floodplain forest. Hardwood trees line the edgeof the spring, including a large and spreading tree on the downriver (south)side. A great blue heron was fishing in the creek/backwater behind thespring.

There is no apparent use at this very pristine site.

Personal Impressions
In trying to photograph this spring from a point of altitude, JF slippedand fell out of a tree, the idiot, and limped for the next three weeks.

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