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

Naked Spring
Gilchrist County
  • Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - dock at spring, exotics in water, otherwise fairlypristine
  • Swimming - excellent
  • Protection - very good/private
  • Crowds - heavy on warm weekends
  • Access - fine
  • Facilities - excellent
  • Safety - fine
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - $5 per person

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    Directions
    By land: From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road) and drive aboutfive miles to entrance to Blue Springs Campground turnoff (look for sign).Follow another two miles to Blue Springs. From parking area, walk east alongdirt path/road to Naked Spring.

    By boat, putting in at Rum Island: Blue Springs is just downriver of the boat ramp at Rum Island on the opposite bank. From High Springs, driveNW on US 27/SR20 about four miles. Turn left (west) onto State Road 138 anddrive about two miles to turnoff to the left (south) at sign for Rum Island.Follow dirt road about 1.5 miles to river. Put boat into the river. Justaround the first bend downriver is the platform at the end of the Blue Springsrun/Campground boardwalk. Paddle into Blue Springs run at the boardwalk platform,then under the boardwalk to the left where the Naked Spring run joins theBlue Springs run.




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

    Spring Description
    The springs lie in a low, swampy area.  The main spring pool is ovaland about 45 by 70 feet in diameter.  Water issues from a
    limestone fissure on the west side of the pool, near a dock/platform thathas been constructed to provide access to the spring.
    Water was very clear on dates of visit (summer 2000 and June 2002), and therewas a slick on the surface from the upwelling
    water.  Water over the vent was a deep blue. The bottom of the springwas covered in exotic aquatic vegetation everywhere
    but at the vent, which appeared to be 12-15 feet deep and surrounded by limestone.

    The second spring is about 40 feet from the main pool and forms a circular basin about 25 feet across.  The water is clear, but
    the bottom is covered in plants and algae and the vent is not as clear.  There was a mild bould on the surface when visited June
    1, 2002, and the bottom appeared to be about 15 feet deep.  Fallen logshampered access by canoe; the site can also be
    reached by land from the nearby dirt road.

    The springs are canopied by hardwood, floodplain forest.  The spring run--about 3 feet deep--flows west from the springs
    approximately 300 feet to where it joins the run from Blue Springs underthe Blue Springs Campground boardwalk.

    Use/Access

    Local Springiana
    The springs supposedly derived their name from earlier days when it was apopular site for skinny-dipping.

    Personal Impressions
    Despite the exotic vegetation, Naked Springs retain a lot of clear waterfor swimming, and the main spring is an excellent swimming hole.  Ofthe many springs on the Santa Fe, Naked was the favorite of JF’s daughter for its natural beauty, relative seclusion, clear blue water, and cold temperature.

    Nearby Springs

    Other Nearby Natural Features Contact Information
    Blue Springs Park and Campground
    High Springs, Fla.
    386-454-1369