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

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Little King Spring
Levy County

Summary of Features
  • Scale - 3rd magnitude (estimated)

  • Scenery - fine
    How Pristine? - boardwalk around spring, some clearing near spring
    Swimming - unknown
    Protection - fine
    Crowds - used by Youth Ranch participants
    Access - restricted
    Facilities - fine nearby
    Safety - very good
    Scuba - no 

Reverse view of spring pool
Spring Vent
Spring run

Directions (address and phone: 14770 US-19, Inglis, FL 34449 (352) 447-2259)

From Inglis in Levy County, drive seven miles north on U.S. 19 and turn left/west at entrance to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Caruth Camp.  Drive to end of main road (goes from paved to dirt) to spring on the right, about 0.6 miles. Google map link to camp: www.google.com/maps/place/Florida+Sheriff+Caruth+Camp/@29.114994,-82.6377438,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x46638f40fa677940!8m2!3d29.114994!4d-82.6377438

Spring Description
The spring forms a circular pool about 35 feet in diameter in an area that is borders dense subtropical forest and a developed area with buildings.  Water in the pool is fairly clear, but the canopy over the pool made it impossible to visually determine the depth and all possible flow points.  Some water flowed from a limestone opening in the SE end of the pool at a depth of about 4 feet.  This opening was about a foot in length.  The northern and eastern ends of the pool are shallow.  The bottom appears to drop away to an indeterminate depth in the western end of the pool, which is likely another vent and the primary flow point for the spring.  Water exits the pool at the NW end and flows NW toward the Gulf of Mexico about 8 miles away.  (The run may empty into a nearby lake to the SW.  A boardwalk has been constructed around the pool.


Local Springiana Personal Impressions
The spring is small, attractive, and in a mostly natural condition.  The boardwalk serves to protect the spring's banks from erosion.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features
Rainbow Springs State Park
Manatee Springs State Park
Goethe State Forest
Waccasassa Bay State Preserve