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

Johnson Spring
Gilchrist County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude (estimated)
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - exotics in water, otherwise fairly pristine
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - very good/private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - only to view
  • Facilities - excellent nearby
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - $5

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Directions
From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west(right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road) and drive about five milesto entrance to Blue Springs Campground turnoff (look for sign). Followanother two miles to Blue Springs. From parking area, walk east along dirtpath/road to Johnson Spring, a short distance beyond Naked 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

Spring Description
The spring pool is a low, swampy area of floodplain forest. Viewedfrom the edge of the spring, a blue area could be seen indicating the vent.The spring pool was somewhat indeterminate and difficult to distinguishfrom the surrounding swamp. It appeared to be egg-shaped and approximately20 feet wide and about 60 feet long. The spring creates a run that, accordingto Rosenau et al. (1977, p. 120) flows directly into the Santa Fe Riverabove the run from Blue Springs. The authors have not seen this run fromthe river and have only viewed the spring from the land.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions
The spring photo is somewhat blurry because JF was given only fiveminutes by the campground owner to view and photograph Little Blue, Johnson,and Naked Springs without having to pay. Johnson was the last spring hesaw, and he was out of breath from running and could not hold the camerasteady.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural FeaturesContact Information
Blue Springs Park and Campground
High Springs, Fla.
386-454-1369