|Summary of Features|
From the intersection of U.S. 19/98 and State Road 26 in Fanning Springs,go east on SR 26 about one mile to intersection with Highway 232. Turnleft (north) on 232 and go about 4+ miles. Turn left (east) onto Highway344 at sign for Hart Springs County Park and for the public boat ramp.Follow signs to public boat ramp, which is past Hart Springs County Parkand on the right. Put in at ramp and go downriver ¼ mile to springon the other (west) side of the Suwannee River. Look for water enteringthe river (froma trickle to a creek depending on conditions) and signsof orange staining from iron content in 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
The spring forms a circular pool that was 35 feet in diameter on dateof visit in February 2002. The water was a thick yellow-brown color, andthe depth could not be determined. No boil was visible, and there was virtuallyno flow into the Suwannee River. The spring run is 250 feet long and isblocked at about the halfway point by a beaver dam. The land and fallenlimbs along the run are stained orange from the high iron content of thewater.
Land around the spring is deep floodplain forest, and there was dryrun that connected to the back of the spring pool from the west. Accordingto Hornsby & Ceryak (1998, p. 64), the spring is up to four feet deep,and the land around the spring is privately owned.
Under different conditions, when the water table is higher and thereis no beaver dam at the spring, it is conceivable that one could paddleinto the spring pool. The combination of the dam and drought reduced flowto a trickle on date of visit in 2002. The beaver appears to be the onlylarge creature making any use of the spring or its run. The area was notposted, and the authors did not learn that the land was private until afterthey visited.
As with a couple of other springs in the area (Copper, Little Copper,and McCrabb), Iron Spring has a high iron content in its flow and createsdistinctive orange or copper-colored stains along its runs.
The site is very pristine. The only exotic species the authors sawwere fir e a nts. It would be interesting to return in the future to seeif the dam remained and if higher water table levels created a navigablerun to the spring.
Nearby Springs< p> Coppe r and Little Copper Springs, McCrabb Spring, Hart Springs, Fannin'and Little Fannin' Springs, Otter Springs, Sun Spring, Lumbercamp Spring
Other Nearby Natural Features
Fanning Springs State Park
Manatee Springs State Park