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

Luraville Springs
Suwannee County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -4th magnitude
    • Scenery -very good
    • How Pristine? -completely unspoiled
    • Swimming -no
    • Protection -private
    • Crowds -none
    • Access -private
    • Facilities -none
    • Scuba -yes
    Quick Directions
    In the woods almost directly behind the dive shop in Luraville.

    Full Directions
    From Mayo, drive north on State Road 51. After about 4 miles, you willcross the Suwannee River. The flashing light at Luraville is another 1-1.5miles north, just past the agriculture weigh station. There is a countrystore on the left at the flashing light. Turn right at the light onto LuravilleRoad and drive to the dive shop about ¼ mile on the right. The springsare on private property to the right and behind the dive shop. They areabout 200 yards back or about 0.2 miles southeast of the junction of CR51and Luraville Road.

    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
    The springs lie in a heavily forested area of secondary growth andflood plain. The two springs are similar in appearance and consist of depressionsof 10-15 deep at the bottom of limestone outcrops/overhangs of similardimensions. On the date of visit, neither spring was flowing, althoughboth had small (a few feet in diameter) dark-water pools. They looked likemud-holes. According to Rosenau et al. (1977, p. 371), the springs feedIrvine Slough when flowing. The slough flows approximately 2 miles SE tothe Suwannee River (p. 358).

    Use/Access

    • The springs are on private property, and the authors were guided to thesite by the owner after asking and receiving permission. Trespass is notadvised; the owners have large dogs.
    • According to the dive shop owner, the unappealing openings lead to thehuge Peacock underwater cavern system, which has been mapped for severalmiles underground.
    Personal Impressions

    Worth seeing only to be able to check the springs off on our list andknow we had been able to see the eponymous springs of Luraville.

    Nearby Springs

    • Peacock
    • Bonnet
    • Orange Grove
    • Charles
    • Allen Mill Pond
    • Cow
    • Running
    • Bathtub
    • Convict
    • Thomas
    • Perry
    Other Nearby Natural Features
    • Challenge Sink
    • Other Sinkholes in Peacock State Recreation Area