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

Little Gem (Or Lime) Spring
Suwannee County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -3rd magnitude (estimated)
    • Scenery -excellent
    • How Pristine? -unspoiled; steps to spring
    • Swimming -excellent wading, dipping
    • Protection -excellent
    • Wildlife -good
    • Crowds -few
    • Access -good, must walk or paddle 1/4 mile along river from boat ramp
    • Facilities -none at site, excellent nearby
    • Safety -very good
    • Scuba -no
    • Cost -$2 per car
    Quick Directions
    From boat ramp at Suwannee River State Park, walk upriver about ¼mile to the spring on the left (or boat upriver that distance and springwill be on the right).

    Full 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. FromI-10 exit #39, travel west on U.S. 90 about 8-9 miles to the state park.(You will pass the entrance to Falmouth Spring 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
    Steps lead from the riverside/levee trail down to the spring, whichis set about 10 feet from the edge of the river in a small alcove. It hasa small and deep pool that is 8 feet in diameter. Water flows up from avent of unknown depth and around the trunk of an old tree. The tree wasup-ended and plunged into the spring when the force of floodwaters of theSuwannee River caused the spring to reverse and become a siphon. The wateris clear and blue except in times of high water.

    The natural river levee rises in a semi-circle around the spring, anda large cypress sits at its upriver side at the waterís edge. When theSuwannee River is either low or at normal height, water tumbles out ofthe spring into the river. There is another vent below the cascade at theriverís edge, and when the river is low its boil can be up to one footabove the surface. The nearby shoreline has clay deposits.

    Use/Access

  • The State Park offers trails, interpretive displays, camping, picnic facilities,vending machines, showers, and bathrooms.
  • The walk from the boat ramp to Little Gem Spring takes a pleasant 5-10minutes and runs along the top of the river levee. There are interpretivesigns, and the mouth of Lime Spring run is at the beginning of the trail.
  • Suwannacoochie Spring, Lime Spring Run, Ellaville Spring, and Little GemSpring are all within about 400 yards of the boat ramp at the State Park.
  • P ersonal Impressions
  • The spring is an excellent place for children to play in the water, atthe edge of the river, or with the nearby clay and (in the fall) gr apes found hanging from vines above.
  • Nearby Springs
  • Alapaha Spring
  • Anderson Spring
  • Holton Spring
  • Lime Spring
  • Ellaville Spring
  • Falmouth Spring
  • Adams Spring
  • Morganís 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