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

Mill Pond Spring (on the Ichetucknee)

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -2nd magnitude
  • Scenery -excellent
  • How Pristine? -original spring run modified, remnants of old mill sluice and dam
  • Swimming -poor
  • Protection -excellent
  • Crowds -small
  • Access -restricted, no access
  • Facilities -none at spring; excellent in nearby state park
  • Cost -varies by use--see Use/Access below


Directions

From Branford, drive SE on U.S. 27 for about 10 miles. Turn north (left) at park sign onto State Road 137. Take first paved road on the right (State Road 238) to the park entrance on the right. The spring is immediately (about 150 feet) after Grassy Hole Spring on the opposite (left or east) side of the river.

Spring Description

The spring flows from a limestone bank/grotto at the head of the run, which is about 150 yards in length. The spring forms an oval pool about 45 feet in width. The run is the same width as the spring. There are a couple of other vents in the spring pool. Water from the spring is clear, and the pool and run are 2-5 feet deep. There are fallen trees in the pool, which has a rocky bottom with some vegetation. Forested banks rise up from the spring pool around the spring, then the elevation descends toward the river into floodplain forest.

The spring is the site of an old mill. The run was dammed, and flow diverted a few feet away through a sluice/mill carved from the limestone bank. The carved limestone remains, looking like a very ancient structure. Evidence of the dam is evident in the run, which retains a small cascade at the point of the old log dam. Water no longer flows through the sluice.

Use/Access

Local Springiana
  • As noted above, the spring run was altered in the 1800s to channel water to run a mill that was placed in a sluice carved from limestone on the south side of the run.
  • Personal Impressions

    The site is very interesting historically and archeologically. The simple dam and mill design are still clearly evident after more than a century. The spring is also very attractive and has long ago recovered from the modifying hand of man.

    Nearby Springs

    Other Nearby Natural Features

    Contact Information

    Ichetucknee Springs State Park
    12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
    Ft. White, FL 32038
    386-497-2511 (recorded information)
    386-497-1216 (North Ranger Station)
    386-497-2302 (South Ranger Station)