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

Guaranto Spring
Dixie County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -2nd magnitude
    • Scenery -fair
    • How Pristine? -pool dammed, extensive hydrilla, land mostly cleared forpark
    • Swimming -poor
    • Protection -fair-good
    • Crowds -can be large on warm weekends
    • Access -good, need clear directions
    • Facilities -very good
    • Safety -unknown
    • Scuba -no
    • Cost -free

    Directions
    From Branford, drive 1 mile NW on U.S. 27. Turn left (south) onto SR349. Drive about 10 miles south and turn left (east) onto Rock Sink ChurchRoad. Drive on (and remain on) main dirt road about 3 miles to the spring.

    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 and a man-made berm and culvert form an oblong pool thatis 30-40 feet wide and 125 feet long before draining into the SuwanneeRiver. The pool was choked with hydrilla and algae on date of visit insummer 1997. Steps lead to the spring from both sides, and there is a platformon the south side that extends to provide a view of the vent. The waterwas clear, blue over the vent, and 10 feet deep. There is a parking areaon the south side of the spring, and a picnic shelter on the north side.

    Use/Access

    • The spring is in a county park that is used for picnicking and hangingout. With so much vegetation in the pool, it is likely that few swimmersuse it.
    • There are a picnic pavilion and porta-potties on the site.
    Personal Impressions

    The spring is in need of exotic removal, which could be accomplishedin a few hours. The berm constricts the natural cleansing flow of the springand is also singularly unattractive. The spring and park are not appealing.

    Nearby Springs

    • GIL 917972, GIL917973, Sun Spring, Lumbercamp Spring, GIL84971, Trail Spring,GIL729971, GIL107971, GIL107972, Turtle Spring, Fletcher Spring, Rock BluffSpring, Pleasant Grove Spring, Pothole (or Glisson) Spring, Otter Spring,Iron Springs, DIX95971, Rock Sink Spring
    Other Nearby Natural Features
    • Ichetucknee Springs State Park
    • Hart Springs County Park
    • O’Leno State Park
    • San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
    • Fanning Springs State Recreation Area
    • River Rise State Preserve
    • Manatee Springs State Park