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

July Spring
Columbia County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - adjacent to developed camp/swim/dive/recreation area,exotic plants in water, float marking site, otherwise fairly pristine
  • Swimming - good
  • Protection - unknown/private, no landfall allowed
  • Crowds - can be heavy on warm weekends
  • Access - very good, boat or swimming only
  • Facilities - excellent at Ginnie Springs nearby
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - yes
  • Cost - $10 to enter water at Ginnie Springs








Directions
Accessible from the Ginnie Springs complex. From High Springs, drive southon U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe SpringsRoad) and drive about 6.5 miles and then turn right onto graded road at signfor Ginnie Springs. Follow another mile to the entrance. July Spring is directlyacross the river from the three Devils springs at the upstream end of theGinnie Springs complex.

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 at thefollowing address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
The spring creates a semicircular cove at the edge of the Santa Fe River. The alcove is approximately 85 feet across and opens directly into the river.A small sign on a tree on the bank identifies the spring.  The areaaround the spring is infested with elodea.  The spring is a 40-footlong fissure that parallels the river and forms several vents and boils onthe surface.  The water is clear and varies from blue to greenish dependingon conditions.  The vents appear to be 6-10 feet deep and are narrowopenings in the limestone.  The land around the spring is dense floodplainforest with a bank of about three feet.  Water in the spring is clearand can be blue or green depending on lighting and other conditions. The inteconnected cavern systems associated with this and other springs atGinnie Springs have been mapped for 33,000 feet.  Over 30,000 diversvisit the Ginnie Springs complex each year.  Water in the spring isaround 72 degrees.  Studies show that the springs are fed by two watershedsthat enc ompass 300 square miles (Rauch, 2003).

Use/Access

  • Nearby Ginnie Springs is a full-facility recreation/divesite, with camping areas along the river and springs, a store, compressorsfor air tanks, scuba lessons, tubing, picnic areas, bathrooms, and otherconcessions.
  • It is best to visit anytime but on a warm summer weekend, when thespring will be crowded and have reduced visibility due to too many swimmersin the water.
  • On dates of visits in 1999 and 2000, only the vents were free of exotic vegetation.
  • Signs on the trees say "Private Property–Keep Off!"
  • Many people swim across the river to July Spring, or rent canoes atGinnie Spring and canoe the short distance upriver. If you swim across, watch for boaters and account for the current in the Santa Fe River.
  • July is the fourth of four major and attractive springs that lie inalmost a straight line going from the south to the north side of the river.The other springs are Little Devil (at the southern end), Devil’s Eye (near mouth of the Little Devil run), and Devil’s Ear (on the south side of the river). This happy alignment reminds JF of the constellations in Orion’s belt.
  • Because it is not part of the Ginnie Springs complex, July is notregularly cleared of exotic vegetation and is not as accessible as the DevilsSprings or Ginnie Spring.
  • Personal Impressions
    Almost anywhere else, July Spring would be considered a beautiful spring anda great place to swim and snorkel. However, with so many spectacular springneighbors, July winds up being an ugly stepchild by comparison.

    Nearby Springs

  • Poe Springs, Darby Spring, Hornsby Spring, ALA112791,ALA930971, Lily Springs, Pickard Springs, COL101971, Rum Island Springs,Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Johnson Spring, Ginnie Springs group, SawdustSpring, COL1012972, COL1012971, GIL1012973, Myrtle's Fissure, GIL1012971,GIL1012972, 47 Boatramp Spring (or GIL1012974)
  • Other Nearby Natural Features
  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park
  • O’Leno State Park
  • San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
  • Devil’s Millhopper State Geologic Site
  • River Rise State Preserve
  • Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
  • Contact Information
    Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
    7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
    High Springs, FL 32643
    386-454-7188