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

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 - $10 to swim

Directions

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

Spring Description

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.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

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

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Contact Information

Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-7188