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

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Ginnie Spring

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - land cleared around spring, steps to water, some erosion, developed swim/dive/recreation/camp area, some exotics in water
  • Swimming - excellent, outstanding snorkeling
  • Protection - very good
  • Crowds - overrun 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 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.

Spring Description

The spring lies in a circular pool that is 125 feet in diameter and slopes down from the bank to a depth of about 18 feet. The bottom is sandy with numerous limestone outcrops/boulders. Beneath a limestone shelf is a large cavern entrance perhaps 30 feet wide and from three to six feet high. The entrance opens to a large chamber and leads to underwater passages that have been measured to 1,100 feet.

Water in the spring is very clear and visibility is excellent most of the time. The water varies in color from blue to green (see photos). The spring forms a run that tapers from the wide pool to perhaps 50 feet in width and flows about 200 feet to the Santa Fe River at the upper end of the Ginnie Springs complex. In the run, bubbles from scuba divers may be bserved rising through small holes in the limestone. Land around the springis mostly cleared hardwood forest, and steps have been constructing from the bank into the spring to prevent erosion.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

Equally popular with swimmers, tubers, and scuba divers, Ginnie Spring is one of Florida’s great springs.

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