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

Heilbronn Spring
Bradford County

Summary of Features

Scale—very low flow
Scenery—very good
How Pristine?—remnant of pumping structure around spring
Swimming—no
Protection—unknown
Crowds—none
Access—none/private

Directions

In Starke, from intersection of U.S. 301 and State Road 16, go NW on SR 16 for 6 miles to bridge at Water Oak Creek. Walk west (left) along bank to locate the flows. Two are about 150 yards from the bridge, and the main flow is a short distance further on the left (south).

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 at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
JF found two small flows in the creek as well as the probable run from the main flow on a visit in 1998. The first flow is about 150 yards from the SR16 bridge on the right or north bank. Water flows from a small opening at the rate of about 1 gallon/second a few feet into the creek. The second flow is in the creek bed a few feet to the west. The flow from this spring is greater than that from the first spring.

About ¼ mile west of the bridge, a run enters the creek from the left (south). It appears to be the run from the spring described in Rosenau et al. (1977, p. 74-75). In 1998, this flow was only a trickle and frequently dipped below the ground and out of sight. When the run neared trailer homes, JF did not proceed further. There were no signs of a structure (in Springs of Florida, there is a cylindrical wall with a roof and fence around the spring, a pump, and pipes leading from it), although there was lumber in the run.

The banks of the creek are steep and about 10 feet high. The area around the spring is forested. Water Oak Creek flows into the New River.

Use/Access
No apparent use. The spring may still be used, however, to provide water for local residents.

Local Springiana

The spring may also be reached by a dirt road about 0.2 miles SE of the bridge off SR 16. However, the road is posted.

Personal Impressions
It was kind of creepy walking up the run; JF feared attack by pit bulls if he made too much noise or went too far up the spring run.

Nearby Springs

Wadesboro Spring
Whitewater Springs
Green Cove Spring
Kingsley Lake

Other Nearby Natural Features
Ravine State Gardens
Camp Blanding Wildlife Management Area
Anastasia State Recreation Area
Guana River State Park
Gold Head Branch State Park