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 - $10 to swim
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
The spring lies in a circular pool that is 125 feet in diameter andslopes down from the bank to a depth of about 18 feet. The bottom is sandywith numerous limestone outcrops/boulders. Beneath a limestone shelf isa large cavern entrance perhaps 30 feet wide and from three to six feethigh. The entrance opens to a large chamber and leads to underwater passagesthat have been measured to 1,100 feet.
Water in the spring is very clear and visibility is excellent most ofthe time. The water varies in color from blue to green (see photos). Thespring forms a run that tapers from the wide pool to perhaps 50 feet inwidth and flows about 200 feet to the Santa Fe River at the upper end ofthe Ginnie Springs complex. In the run, bubbles from scuba divers may beobserved rising through small holes in the limestone. Land around the springis mostly cleared hardwood forest, and steps have been constructing fromthe bank into the spring to prevent erosion. A tree trunk lies across therun near the spring.
- Ginnie Springs is a full-facility recreation/dive site, with camping areas,a store, compressors for air tanks, scuba lessons, tubing, picnic areas,bathrooms, and other concessions. The complex is the most popular freshwaterdiving location in the world.
- It is best to visit anytime but on a warm summer weekend, when the spring will be very crowded and have reduced visibility due to too many swimmersand divers in the water.
- In the late 1990s, a friend of JF was camping at the Ginnie and saw an employee spraying for mosquitoes. When asked how frequently the spraying occurred, the employee said the area was sprayed every day. JF hasnot confirmed this with the site owners.
Equally popular with swimmers, tubers, and scuba divers, Ginnie Springis one of Florida’s great springs.
- Poe Springs
- Darby Spring
- Hornsby Spring
- Lily Springs
- Pickard Springs
- Rum Island Springs
- Blue Spring
- Naked Spring
- Johnson Spring
- Ginnie Springs group
- Sawdust Spring
- Myrtle's Fissure
- 47 Boatramp Spring(or GIL1012974)
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- O’Leno State Park
- San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
- Devil’s Millhopper State Geologic Site
- River Rise State Preserve
- Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Contact InformationGinnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
High Springs, FL 32643