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

GIL928972
Gilchrist County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 4th magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown, private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - good, boat and then overland
  • Facilities - none
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free

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Quick Directions
Shortly past Cedar Spring on the south side of Santa Fe River.

Full Directions
From Fort White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to bridgeover the Santa Fe River and put in at boat ramp (going downstream). After25 minutes, or shortly after passing the downstream run of GIL928971 andCedar Spring, look on the south (left) side of the river for a narrow springrun that curls into the river from the west. Look for a 4-5 foot bank onthe upriver side of the mouth of the run, and a lower bank on the downriverside.

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 presumed site of the springhead is inland from the river about50 yards in an area of deep floodplain forest. On date of visit in January2001, a time of historic drought, the spring and run were dry. The mostlikely site of the springhead is in the photograph below. However, therewas evidence of water flow behind this site, and the springhead might befurther inland. The likely spring area is a depression set about 10 feetbelow the surrounding land and covered with tree branches and roots. Therun winds about 75 yards to the river. The run was completely covered inleaves, identical to the surrounding high ground, suggesting the springhad been dry for several months at least.

Use/Access

None. The run is narrow and would likely not be navigable even in timesof normal water levels. The area was not posted.

Personal Impressions

The spring is in a completely natural and undisturbed setting, somethingthat can be said for only a small percentage of Florida springs.

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