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

Hornsby Spring

Alachua County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - boardwalk and swim/recreation area around spring, float in water, land above spring is cleared and park- or campus-like
  • Swimming - excellent
  • Protection - excellent
  • Crowds - can be heavy
  • Access - private, access must be arranged
  • Facilities - outstanding
  • Safety - excellent
  • Scuba - only with special permission
  • Cost - varies

Directions

Directions (address: 23400 NW 212 Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643,
(386) 454-1351)

From downtown High Springs, drive about 1 mile on U.S. 41/441 to entranceto (and sign for) Camp Kulaqua on the right. Follow dirt road about 1.5 miles to Camp Kulaqua grounds and the spring. There are signs in the Camp.

Camp Kulaqua

Spring Description

The spring pool is about 150 feet wide and 150 feet long before narrowing into a run that flows about 0.8 mile to join the Santa Fe River a short distance above the U.S. 41/441 bridge.  The water is clear and blue and flows from under a long (50 feet) limestone ledge.  The ledge is 15-20 feet deep, and a lifeguard at the spring said the bottom was more than 40 feet deep.  The spring run can be paddled in times of normal to high water on the river, but can also be obstructed. The run flows through a bottom-land floodplain area with hardwoods.   There are small springs in the run.  Land above the spring rises perhaps 18 feet in a park-like setting with large hardwood trees and buildings associated with Camp Kulaqua.  There are boardwalks and swimming facilities (diveboard, lifeguard chair, large flotation device) at and in the spring.

Use/Access

Local Springiana

Bones from large Pleistocene-era animals have been found in the spring, including a mastodon bone imbedded with the head of a spear and dated to 12,000 years ago (Adventure Outpost, n.d.).

Personal Impressions

The spring is lovely, well maintained, and in a beautiful setting designed to restore the mind, body, and soul.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features