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

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Kini Spring

Wakulla County

Summary of Features

  • Scale-1st magnitude 
  • Scenery-poor 
  • How Pristine?-appears unspoiled 
  • Swimming-none 
  • Protection-good 
  • Crowds-none 
  • Access-On U.S. Forest Service land. 

Directions

Latitude 30°16'43", Longitude 84°20'34" NAD27. From Tallahassee, take U.S. 319 south to Wakulla County. Shortly after crossing the Wakulla County line, turn left on first significant dirt road past the Riversink gas station/convenience store. Take next left and then go left at the fork. Right at a 90-degree turn to the right, the path to spring is on the left past/behind the barbed wire fence and "No Trespassing" signs. From Tallahassee, take U.S. 319 south to Wakulla County. Shortly after crossing the Wakulla County line, turn left on first significant dirt road past the Riversink gas station/convenience store. Take next left and then go left at the fork. Right at a 90-degree turn to the right, the path to spring is on the left.

Description

Kini is a karst window or spring/sink combination about 250 feet long and 120 feet wide. The spring and run are dowel-shaped and are completely wooded and fenced off from the nearby road. There is a house with a small dock on the north side. The site is very near, and similar in size and composition to, Riversink Spring. According to Rosenau et al., the water appears to drain into two sinks, of which one swirls clockwise and the other counterclockwise (1977, p. 407).

Use/Access

Free access, on U.S. Forest Service land.

The St. Joseph Paper Company owns the land around the site. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection was negotiating its purchase when this publication was in production.

Personal Impressions

Looks like nothing more than an overgrown pond. As the water was not clear and the flow barely evident, the site was not worth the risk of trespassing.

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