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

Little Devil Spring

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale-3rd magnitude
  • Scenery -fine
  • How Pristine? -steps to water, land cleared around spring, developed camp/swim/dive/recreationarea, some exotics, otherwise fairly pristine
  • Swimming-excellent, outstanding snorkeling
  • Protection-fine
  • Crowds-heavy on warm weekends
  • Access-excellent
  • Facilities-excellent
  • Safety-very good
  • Scuba-yes
  • Cost-$10 to swim
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Directions

Part of the Ginnie Springs complex. From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (PoeSprings Road), drive about 6.5 miles, and then turn right onto graded road at sign for Ginnie Springs. Follow another mile to the entrance.

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 the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description

Devil's Eye Spring is a dramatic cylindrical limestone shaft that lies in a large clear pool in the lower end of the Little Devil Spring run about50 feet from the Santa Fe River. The shaft is about 18 feet across and about 20 feet deep. At the bottom of the shaft on the west side is a cavern entrance that, according to DeLoach (1997, p. 86) leads to a depth of 65feet and exits out of nearby Devil's Ear Spring. About 10 feet down on the east side is a natural limestone seat. Water in the spring is very clear and can be a deep, even glowing, blue. Under other conditions, the water can be greenish, and the spring is subject to flooding by the SantaFe River when the river is high.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

One of the authors' all-time favorite springs. Devil's Eye is the most dramatic of several cylindrical springs along the Santa Fe River. Most of the other springs in this area fissures, and none of the cylindrical vents compares to Devil's Eye. On clear and quiet days, the clarity of the water in this spring can be absolute.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features

Contact Information

7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-7188