Piney Woods Spring
Summary of Features
- Scale - 4th magnitude (estimated)
- Scenery - fair
- How Pristine? - flow formerly blocked, somewhat restored
- Swimming - no
- Protection - good
- Crowds - none
- Access - none, private property
Near Holmes Creek north of Vernon. From the main intersection in Vernon, drive north on State Road 79 for about three miles. At the old entrance to Cypress Springs, turn right onto a dirt road. The spring is on private property to the left of the road.
The spring forms a 60-foot diameter pool in an area of lush secondary vegetation. The pool is about 10 feet deep, and the water was fairly clear on date of visit in May 2002. Springflow was a trickle due to the stopping up of the spring with manmade debris such as building materials and sealant. The spring's traditional run is about a half-mile in length, and it joined the spring pool of Cypress Spring. However, a berm built around Cypress spring diverted the spring flow to the far side of Cypress Spring and through a pipe into the Cypress run below the spring.
- The spring is on private property; the authors visited the spring with an escort who had permission of the owner.
- There is no current use of the spring.
- In summer 2002, divers others removed much of the debris that had been illegally dumped into the spring. The materials appear to have been purposely designed to block or stop the flow of the spring. Flow increased from the spring when the materials were removed and the diameter of the pool increased from 30 feet to about 60 feet. There are future plans to remove more of the unnatural material from the spring.
- Jackson Spring
- Ponce de Leon Springs
- Vortex Spring
- Cypress Spring
- Beckton Spring
- Hightower Springs
- Brunson Landing Springs
- Shellcracker Springs
- Clemmons Spring
- Jack Paul Spring
- Other Holmes Creek Springs
- Morrison Spring
Other Nearby Natural Features
- St. Andrews State Recreation Area
- Falling Waters State Recreation Area