Ponce de Leon Spring
Summary of Features
- Scale - 2nd magnitude
- Scenery - Very good to fine
- How Pristine? - retaining wall, modifications to pool and run, developedrecreation area
- Swimming - fine
- Protection - excellent
- Crowds - very crowded on warm weekends
- Access - excellent
- Facilities - very good
- Safety - very good
- Scuba - no
- Cost - $2 per car
The spring is in a state recreation area of the same name located onthe edge of the town of Ponce de Leon. Exit Interstate 10 at Highway 81(exit 16) and head north a minute or two until you reach U.S. 90. (Signslead from I-10 to the spring.) Turn right, go over the bridge and thenright again on to 181A, just before the small store/gas station. Go south,cross the railroad tracks, and you will soon see the entrance.
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
The spring is enclosed by a rock and cement retaining wall, has a small weir at the downstream end, and creates a kidney-shaped swimming area of about 100 by 75 feet (Rosenau et al., 1977, p. 169). A short foot bridge arches over the weir, which forms a small waterfall at the head of the run. The spring run flows for about 100 yards before joining Sandy Creek. A concrete slab jutting out over the water serves as a jumping platform. Water flows from two boils in the lower part of the pool,each about 12 feet deep and consisting of small vents. The spring has been observed to siphon-to flow backward into the aquifer-under flood conditions.
- Ponce de Leon Springs is a state recreation area with full picnic and bathroom facilities.
- Nature trails follow beside the run and through the woods.
- White sand dunes line the banks of the spring run and the river, evidenceof an earlier era when the Florida coast was much further inland.
- Noise from nearby Interstate 10 is very evident at the spring.
The spring and its recreation area are a fine spot to spend an afternoon,bring children, and have a picnic. Note that crowds can be heavy on summer weekends.
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- Cypress Spring
- Other Holmes Creek Springs
- Jackson Spring
- Vortex Spring
- Cypress Spring
- Morrison Spring
Other Nearby Natural Features
- St. Andrews State Recreation Area
- Falling Waters State Recreation Area
Ponce de Leon Springs State Recreation Area
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428