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

Lime Spring
Suwannee County
Summary of Features
 
  • Scale - 1st magnitude, intermittent
  • Scenery - outstanding
  • How Pristine? - mostly unspoiled; bridge over mouth of run and path alongrun, near a boat ramp
  • Swimming - none
  • Protection - excellent
  • Wildlife - fair to excellent
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - very good, 30-minute walk
  • Facilities - excellent
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - $2 per car

Directions
From Interstate 10 exit #38 travel north four miles to town of Leeand turn right (east) on U.S. 90. Drive about 12 miles to Suwannee RiverState Park shortly after crossing the Suwannee River and proceed to theparking area just above the boat ramp at the end of the paved road. LimeSpring Run trail heads back from this parking area. The spring pool isjust beyond where the trail crosses the run in Suwannee River State Park.The spring appears to lie within the State Park boundaries, but one mustleave the path to reach it. From I-10 exit #39, travel west on U.S. 90about 8-9 miles to the state park. (You will pass the entrance to FalmouthSpring on the way from exit #39.)

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
When visited separately by the authors in times of dry weather (1997,1999), the spring appeared as a sink—a circular depression of between ½and 1 acre that had no visible flow. Another similar depression lies betweenthe spring and the run. According to Rosenau et al., who visited the springunder flood conditions, the spring is about 70 feet deep and has a largecave in the center (1977, p. 369). When the authors visited, the waterwas dark and the area was thick with vegetation.

The spring run, which has also been called Dry Run, Limesink Run, LimeRun Sink, and Dryspring Run, is often dry. The run is 2/3 mile and emptiesinto the Suwannee River about 75 feet above the boat ramp in the StatePark. Under certain conditions when the spring is flowing and run flowsinto the river, there is another small spring in the run on the south sideabout 40 feet from the mouth of the run. At times, small seeps may be seenalong the banks of the river below the mouth of the run and the State Parkboat ramp.

Use/Access

  • The trail from the boat ramp along the spring run is one of the more scenicin Florida, with huge cypress and other hardwoods, giant cypress knees,and abundant wildlife.
  • Suwannacoochie, Lime Spring Run, El lavil le Spring, and Little Gem Springare all within about 400 yards of the boat ramp at the State Park.
  • Local Springiana
  • In the 1960s and 19 70s, a lower portion of the run was made into a beachand swimming area, complete with bathroom and dressing room facilities.Those structures are now gone, and it is difficult to tell the area wasever developed.
  • Nearby Springs
  • Alapaha Spring
  • Anderson Spring
  • Holton Spring
  • Little Gem Spring
  • Ellaville Spring
  • Falmouth Spring
  • Adams Spring
  • Morgan’s Spring
  • Suwannacoochie Spring
  • Other Nearby Natural Features
  • Suwannee River State Park
  • Withlacoochie River
  • Two Rivers State Forest
  • Contact Information
    Suwannee River State Park
    Route 8, Box 297
    Live Oak, FL 32060
    850-362-2746