Summary of Features
- Scale-1st magnitude
- How Pristine?-access area at spring end; unspoiled
- Access-on public US Forest Service land
- Scuba-not allowed
From Tallahassee, take U.S. 319 south about five miles south of Capital Circle. About 0.5 miles after passing the Leon Sinks Tract on the right (west) turn left onto C.J. Spears Road. A parking area is immediately on the right, and signs marks a two-mile loop trail through the state park property. Access to the spring has changes since the authors last visited it. HEre is another set of directions, from www.caveatlas.com: "River Sink Spring is about 12 mi SSW. of Tallahassee. From the intersection of State Hwys 61 and 369, south of Tallahassee, take State Hwy 369 SW. for 5.6 mi to a sand road that heads south as the highway bends more southwest. Go 0.4 mi S.; 0.8 mi E., along a tree-lined lane; and 0.2 mi N. to River Sink Spring."
Riversink is a karst window, or spring/sink combination about 300 feet long and 100 feet wide. The area surrounding the site is thick forest. On date of visit before the state acquired the property, only the "spring" end was cleared, and the water was a dark blue with poor visibility. The surface of the "sink" end of the site was covered with flotsam that had flowed and collected there. The spring is very near, and very similar in size and composition to, Kini (or Keeney) Spring.
- The land around Riversink is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
- Local residents swim and hang out at the spring. The spring banks are grown and thick with vegetation.
- A trail leads from Kini Spring to the site, where there is evidence of recreational usage, including a rope swing and jumping tree. There is trash on the site and there are no facilities.
JF trespassed to get to the spring, which is around the corner from Kini. The headspring area had been cleared, and 3-4 inebriated young gentlemen were discharging firearms at bottles they threw into the air. As JF was there with a young daughter, he stayed only long enough to photograph the site. It appeared there was another path to the spring from the southern or eastern side.
- Kini Spring
- Indian Springs
- Natural Bridge Spring
- Newport (or Sulfur) Spring
- Panacea Mineral Springs
- Rhodes Spring
- St. Marks Springs
- Wakulla Springs
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Leon County Sinks Park
- Wakulla Spring State Park
- Apalachicola National Forest
- St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge