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/recreation area, 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-free from river; $14 for adults, and $4 for children age 6-12 to swim
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Directions

Part of the Ginnie Springs complex at 5000 NE 60th Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643. Web link and map at http://ginniespringsoutdoors.com/park-info/. From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road), drive about 6.5 miles, and then turn right onto graded road at sign for Ginnie Springs. Follow another mile to the entrance.

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 about 50 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 65 feet 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 inundation by the Santa Fe 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