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

Hightower Spring

Washington County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -low 2nd magnitude (estimated)
  • Scenery - good
  • How Pristine? - small park area and boat ramp near spring
  • Swimming - fair
  • Protection - very good
  • Crowds - some swimming and picnicking and regular use of boatramp at site
  • Access - excellent
  • Facilities - good
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free
  • Cost - free

Directions

On Holmes Creek south of Vernon.  From the main intersection inVernon, drive south on State Road 79 for about 2 miles.  Turn right(west) onto Hightower Road and drive short distance to Hightower SpringsLanding and the spring.

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 pool is roughly guitar-shaped, with "neck" being the springrun that flow into the nearby Chipola River.  The pool is about 35-50feet across and about 125 feet long.  Water flows from approximately10 visible sand boils or clusters of sand boils.  Depths in the poolare 3-5 feet except at the boils which are 6-8 feet deep.  The boilsvary in size fromjust a few inches across to one cluster near the middleof the pool that is perhaps 8 by 12 feet across.  The sand boils areblue-white, and the bottom is otherwise muddy or covered in vegetation. Water in the pool is very clear.  Small fish were observed in thespring.

The springs lie in a low area along Holmes Creek amid dense floodplainforest except for the cleared parking, picnic, and boat ramp area. On date of visit in May 2002, the bank was about four feet high. The spring forms a run that winds about 200 feet through dense forest beforeentering the Chipola River.  The run is 6-15 wide and one foot deep.

Use/Access

  • The spring and adjacent park and boat ramp are managed as a public recreationarea by the Northwest Florida Water Management District.
  • The spring is used for wading and swimming, and the site includes picnictables, two grills, the boat ramp, and a rope swing.

Nearby Springs

  • Jackson Spring
  • Ponce de Leon Springs
  • Vortex Spring
  • Cypress Spring
  • Beckton Spring
  • Brunson Landing Springs
  • Piney Woods Spring
  • Clemmons Spring
  • Shellcracker Springs
  • Jack Paul Spring
  • Other Holmes Creek Springs
  • Morrison Spring

Other Nearby Natural Features

  • St. Andrews State Recreation Area
  • Falling Waters State Recreation Area

Contact Information

Northwest Florida Water Management District
850-539-5999