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

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Unnamed Spring below Poe

Alachua County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 4th magnitude, est.
  • Scenery - very good
  • How Pristine? - appears pristine
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - excellent
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - very good, by water only
  • Facilities - Excellent at adjacent park
  • Safety - Fine
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - $4 per person to enter park

Directions

From High Springs, drive south on US 41/27 about one mile. Turn west(right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road) and proceed about 2.5 miles to entrance to Poe Springs (County) Park. Park Address: 28800 NW 182nd Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643 (352) 548-1210.

Website

Follow signs to the boat ramp, and the spring is upriver a short distance (less than a 1/4 mile), about 250 feet downstream of the mouth of the Poe Spring run along the south bank of the Santa Fe River.

Spring Description

This spring may be one of the several seeps and small springs cited by Rosenau et al., 1977 in the vicinity of Poe (p. 63). It is located 250 feet downstream of where the Poe Spring run enters the Santa Fe River. The spring is adjacent to the bank and consists of three small flows from openings in small (1-2 feet in diameter) limestone boulders at a depth of about 18 inches. Each vent creates a small slick, and the three vents are in an area perhaps 6 feet in diameter. The water is clear, but the bottom and limestone are covered in dark algae and other plant growth,and the openings were not visible. The springs were about 10 feet from the bank, which rises a few feet in an area of hardwood forest.

Use/Access

There is no apparent use of the small spring, which is most easily accessed from the boatramp at Poe Springs Park. The park has pay areas, a concession stand, ample parking, ball fields, meeting facilities, a dock, and the aforementioned boat ramp.

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